Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Cindy Barr
9 servings (serving size: 2/3 cup)

Just a little bacon gives a lot of flavor to this classic barbecue side, especially when you add it to sweet caramelized onions and a bottle of slightly fruity and malty ale.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 300°.

Step 2

Combine first 5 ingredients in a Dutch oven; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes. Drain over a large bowl; reserve cooking liquid. Discard onion and bay leaves.

Step 3

Cook bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan, reserving 1 tablespoon drippings in pan; set bacon aside. Add chopped onion to drippings in pan; cook 10 minutes or until golden brown and caramelized, stirring frequently. Add garlic and chili powder to pan; cook 1 minute, stirring frequently. Add ketchup and next 5 ingredients (through ale) and 1/2 cup reserved bean liquid to pan; bring to a boil. Add beans and bacon. Reduce heat, and simmer for 10 minutes or until slightly thick. Transfer to a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake at 300° for 45 minutes or until thick.

Ratings & Reviews

Kelly2007's Review

November 10, 2012
I think this is a fantastic bean recipe. I have made it for years as printed and just now read the different reviews. Cannot believe people did not enjoy. I am ask for the recipe everytime i make them!

rculwell's Review

August 25, 2012
I made this for a big party years ago and I get asked to make it again and again. Bush's beans are TOO salty and TOO sweet - this is real deep flavor.

ChefAmandaLynn's Review

August 22, 2012
We had made a pound of dried pinto beans last week and I needed a way to use them up. I skipped the first step and continued as directed from then on. I thought this had lots of flavor. and I would make it again for a BBQ or potluck.

seaside725's Review

July 26, 2012
I didn't think this recipe was worth the time it took to make. There was really no flavor to it and it took quite some time to make. I agree that I would stick to Bush's BAked Beans. Maybe if it was doctored up some it would taste better, but I won't be making this again.

ShannonO19's Review

January 16, 2012

thendricks's Review

October 02, 2010
This was okay, but not great. It took nearly an hour of work before I could put it into the oven. It came out a little watery, not nice and thick. I will definitely not spend my time on this again. The Baked Triple Bean Pot recipe from CL is much better, and takes about 3 minutes to get it into the oven.

ConnieMahan's Review

May 31, 2010
This was great and easy. I made it veggie, used vegetable broth instead of chicken and a bit of liquid smoke and no bacon. Will make it again soon.

ChelleyBones's Review

March 07, 2009
After all the cook times the beans were very tough. It was such a disappointment since I was looking forward to this dish once the BBQ sauce was being made. I think I'll just stick to Bush's Baked Beans in the future. I served the dish with hamburgers and was still able to salvage the sauce for dipping.