Serving barbecue without baked beans is just not done. And with all of these choices, you can change up your recipe to fit the occasion.
Fat Jeff's Fat Tire BeansReader Jeffrey Lehane of Lone Jack, Missouri, likes his beans blazingly hot: He adds as much as 1/4 cup chipotle chile powder and 4 fresh jalapeño chiles to a batch. We've toned it down a little (and it's still quite spicy), but feel free to follow Lehane's path of fire if you like. Serve with warm cornbread--and a cold bottle of Fat Tire.
Smoky "Baked" Beans
This global mash-up of a summer classic borrows the ideas of red lentils and maple syrup from celebrated Montreal restaurant Joe Beef and replaces the standard chili sauce with Korean gochujang for a bit of "what is that flavor?" flair.
Baked BeansSavor the relaxed side of summer with this slow-cooking Dutch oven recipe for beans infused with the flavors of molasses, apple cider vinegar, and dry mustard.
Grandma Dumeney's Baked BeansStart with a can of baked beans and add brown sugar, ketchup, onion and crispy bacon to make this classic bean side dish.
Grandma Gwen's BeansThis prize-winning baked bean recipe features four different kinds of canned beans baked in a mixture of brown sugar, mustard and vinegar.
Smoky Baked Beans with ChorizoAdd extra flavor to baked Great Northern beans with dry-cured Spanish chorizo, a type of smoked sausage with a deep red color.
Honey-Chipotle Baked BeansDress up canned baked beans by sweetening them with both honey and molasses, then stirring in chipotle chiles for a touch of heat.
Quick Baked Beans with Smoked BaconTake a shortcut and start with a can of Boston-style baked beans and add smoked bacon, onion, ketchup, brown sugar, and mustard for an easy bean side dish.
Boston Baked BeansStart with soaked and drained dried navy beans for this hearty baked bean dish and add flavor with onion, bell pepper, bacon, molasses, and mustard. The long baking time at a low temperature increases the flavor and thickens the saucy bean mixture.
Fiery Chipotle Baked BeansThree kinds of beans—pinto, kidney, and black—are mixed together with molasses and brown sugar and spiced up with ground cloves and allspice. Chorizo sausage and chipotle chili powder add the wonderful smokiness that makes these beans perfect for serving with grilled meats.
Vermont Baked BeansWhite beans and maple syrup give this dish its signature flavor, while the Dijon mustard and hot sauce add a little kick.
Amber Ale Baked BeansEnhance sweet-and-spicy baked beans with the addition of bacon and beer. We liked the flavor of the amber ale, but you can use any beer you prefer.
Sweet and Spicy Baked BeansUsing dried beans instead of canned helps keep the sodium content low. And beans are one of the most economical sources of protein and fiber.
Root Beer Baked BeansTransform canned pork and beans into superb baked beans by stirring in peppery-sweet root beer, dry mustard, and hot sauce. The 5-minute prep time might make this dish one of your summertime favorites.
Spicy Baked BeansThe addition of sausage to a traditional baked bean dish made this recipe a Southern Living Cook-Off category winner. It uses canned beans and bottled barbecue sauce and is hearty enough to be a main dish.
Barbecued Baked LentilsUse all your favorite baked bean ingredients–onion, ketchup, maple syrup, and mustard–but use lentils instead of kidney or pinto beans. The earthiness of the lentils is a good match for the smokiness of grilled meats.
Mom's Pennsylvania Dutch BeansLimas are the beans of choice for this German-inspired baked bean dish. It's creamier than most baked bean recipes because of the sour cream that's stirred in at the end.
Turkey Franks with Molasses Baked BeansDark brown sugar, dark molasses, and spicy Worcestershire sauce add bold flavor to this frank-and-beans dish without increasing the grocery bill. A single serving of this summer-favorite, kid-friendly dish is only $1.54.
Cola Baked BeansAdding cola to the brown sugar and molasses is the secret to the complex sweetness of these bacon-accented beans.
Blazin' Baked Beans
Chipotle chiles in adobo sauce add smoky-hot depth to these easy-to-make baked beans.
Smoky Chipotle Baked BeansYou might be surprised to learn that baked beans often contain a good bit of sugar--usually from brown sugar, molasses, and/or ketchup. A classic recipe might have 15g total sugars per 1/2-cup serving; ours contains just 5g (only 2g added from a little maple syrup), allowing the smoky flavors of bacon, chipotle, and smoked paprika to pop.