The Best Slow Cooker Baked Beans

When it comes to baked beans these Slow Cooker Baked Beans are my go to every time.  Three types of beans, a delicious sauce, ground beef and bacon, you can’t go wrong.

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Slow Cooker Baked Beans

Baked beans are just one of those side that make everything taste better.  They enhance the flavor of all things BBQ and can be eaten as a side, as a sloppy joe or piled on top of nachos or a baked potato.

So I like to refer to Baked Beans as the side that keeps on giving.  There is know limit to how they can be eaten, what they can be eaten with, or what could be added to them.

What type of beans are used to make Baked Beans?

Because there are so many different variations of baked beans, it all depends on what type of beans you like and what you want to add to them, if anything at all.

I like using the following type of beans for my Baked Beans:

  • Red kidney beans-they are darker in color, have a smooth glossy skin with a firmer texture.
  • Butter beans-not to be confused with lima beans, are flat with a creamy mild taste.
  • Original baked beans-are a navy bean baked in a molasses sauce.

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Wether I am going to a BBQ, having a BBQ, or having people over for dinner I always try to incorporate The Best Slow Cooker Baked Beans.  They are just one of those dishes that seems to put the “comfort” into comfort food.

Not to mention, they are easy to make and can be eaten hot or cold.  If you are not a fan of ground beef that’s ok, you can use ground pork, chicken, turkey, or leave the meat out completely and make them vegetarian.

But the big deal is the sauce these Slow Cooker Baked Beans are cooked in.  It is whirlwind of flavors that smells amazing and tastes sensational.

What kind of molasses do you make for baked beans?

This is truly what makes the beans so good.

  1. In a medium sauce add:
    • 1 medium onion chopped
    • 2 T brown sugar
    • 3 T apple cider vinegar
    • 3/4 cup ketchup
    • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
    • 1 t Worchestershire sauce
    • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce
  2. Mix all ingredient together and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes.
  3. Pour sauce over beans in slow cooker and cover.

How do you make The Best Slow Cooker Baked Beans?

  1. In a large skillet cook ground beef, season with garlic salt, pepper, and Worcestershire sauce.  Drain and set aside.
  2. In another skillet partially cook 6 pieces of bacon, remove and roughly chop and mix into the ground beef.
  3. In a medium sauce pan add: diced onions, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, ketchup, dry mustard, and BBQ sauce.  Mix over low heat and let simmer 10 minutes.
  4. Drain the kidney beans and the butter beans, then place both with the baked beans into a 6qt slow cooker.  Add in the ground beef and pour the sauce over the top.  Mix to combine and cook on low 4 hours.

Will baked beans make you poop?

Seems like this is a common question that runs through our minds, or a least some of our minds.

  • Yes, beans can make you poop.  They contain a fiber like starch that can help balance your GI tract.
  • Upping your fiber intake of beans can provoke gas and bloating, so increase your uptake gradually, but don’t avoid them all together.

baked beans recipe

Most of all Slow Cooker Baked Beans are perfect all year round.  They make an amazing side when it is cold and wintery outside warming you up with a dose of comfort food, or they add the spice to the summer outdoor fun and can be eaten hot or cold.

So know matter what type of weather you are having, Slow Cooker Baked Beans will add all the flavor you need to any occasion.

Slow cooker sides shouldn’t be difficult, but they should always be delicious.

Key ingredients use for this recipe:

What to serve with Slow Cooker Baked Beans?

The Best Slow Cooker Baked Beans

Servings: 10
When it comes to baked beans these Slow Cooker Baked Beans are my go to every time. Three types of beans, a delicious sauce, ground beef and bacon, you can't go wrong.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
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Ingredients

For the Beans:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 T Worcestershire sauce
  • 2-15.5 oz cans red kidney beans drained
  • 2-15.5 oz cans butter beans drained
  • 1-28 oz can original baked beans I used Bush's
  • 6 pieces partially cooked bacon, roughly chopped

For the Sauce:

  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 2 T brown sugar
  • 3 T apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground dry mustard
  • 1 T Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce

Instructions

In a large skillet cook ground beef, season with garlic salt, pepper, and Worcestershire sauce. Drain and set aside.

    In another skillet partially cook 6 pieces of bacon, remove and roughly chop and mix into the ground beef.

      In a medium sauce pan add: diced onions, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, ketchup, dry mustard, and BBQ sauce. Mix over low heat and let simmer 10 minutes.

        Add all the beans into a 6qt slow cooker. Stir in the ground beef and pour the sauce over the top. Mix to combine and cook on low 4 hours.

          Garnish with grated cheese (optional)

            Course: Side Dish
            Cuisine: American
            Keyword: baked beans, slow cooker
            Author: Shannon

            Nutrition

            Calories: 193kcal, Carbohydrates: 17g, Protein: 9g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 32mg, Sodium: 536mg, Potassium: 291mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 11g, Vitamin A: 125IU, Vitamin C: 2.1mg, Calcium: 28mg, Iron: 1.5mg

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