Jazzed Up Baked Beans

Looking to elevate your baked beans game? Look no further than these Jazzed Up Baked Beans! Packed with savory bacon, tangy barbecue sauce, and a medley of flavorful seasonings, this dish is sure to be a hit at your next gathering. With simple ingredients and easy steps, you can whip up a batch of these delicious beans in no time. Let’s dive into the recipe!


  • 8 slices bacon, chopped into small pieces
  • ½ small green bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 56 ounces pork & beans (two 28 oz cans)
  • ½ cup barbecue sauce
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Preheat the oven: Start by preheating your oven to 325°F (160°C). This ensures that your baked beans cook evenly and thoroughly.
  2. Cook the bacon: In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the chopped bacon until crisp. Once cooked, remove the bacon from the pan and drain off all grease, leaving about 1 tablespoon behind.
  3. Saute the veggies: Add the chopped onions and peppers to the skillet with the bacon grease and cook until translucent, stirring frequently. This adds a delicious depth of flavor to your baked beans.
  4. Mix the ingredients: In a large bowl, combine the pork & beans, cooked veggies, barbecue sauce, brown sugar, ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and black pepper. Stir until all ingredients are evenly distributed, ensuring each bite is packed with flavor.
  5. Pour into baking dish: Transfer the bean mixture into a 9×13 baking dish, spreading it out evenly.
  6. Top with bacon: Sprinkle the cooked bacon pieces over the top of the bean mixture, adding a savory crunch to every bite.
  7. Bake: Bake the beans uncovered for 1 to 1 ½ hours, or until the beans are thickened and bubbly. This allows the flavors to meld together and creates a deliciously rich and hearty dish.
  8. Serve: Once baked to perfection, serve these Jazzed Up Baked Beans hot as a delicious side dish alongside your favorite main course.

Prep Time: 15 minutes | Cooking Time: 1-1½ hours | Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes | Servings: 10 | Calories per serving: (to be calculated)

Serving and Storage Tips:

Serving Tips:

  1. Pairing Suggestions: Serve these Jazzed Up Baked Beans alongside classic barbecue fare like grilled meats, hot dogs, or burgers for a deliciously satisfying meal.
  2. Garnish Options: Sprinkle some chopped green onions or fresh parsley over the top of the baked beans before serving for a pop of color and added freshness.
  3. Customization: Encourage guests to customize their serving with additional toppings such as shredded cheese, diced jalapeños, or a dollop of sour cream for a personalized touch.
  4. Presentation: Transfer the baked beans to a decorative serving dish or keep them warm in a slow cooker for a buffet-style spread that’s both visually appealing and convenient for guests to serve themselves.

Storage Tips:

  1. Refrigeration: Store any leftover baked beans in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Ensure they cool completely before transferring to the fridge.
  2. Freezing: These baked beans can also be frozen for longer-term storage. Place them in a freezer-safe container or resealable freezer bag, leaving some room for expansion, and store in the freezer for up to 2-3 months.
  3. Reheating: When ready to enjoy leftovers, simply reheat the baked beans in the microwave or on the stovetop until heated through. You may need to add a splash of water or broth to prevent them from drying out during reheating.
  4. Meal Prep: Consider batch-cooking a larger quantity of baked beans and portioning them into individual servings for quick and convenient meals throughout the week. Simply reheat as needed for a tasty and satisfying side dish or meal component.


  1. Vegetarian Option: Skip the bacon and replace it with vegetarian bacon or omit it altogether for a meat-free version of these baked beans.
  2. Spicy Twist: Add some heat to your baked beans by including diced jalapeños or a dash of hot sauce to the mixture for a fiery kick.
  3. Smoky Flavor: Enhance the smokiness of the dish by incorporating a few drops of liquid smoke or smoked paprika into the sauce mixture.
  4. Meat Lover’s Delight: Amp up the protein content by adding additional cooked meats such as diced ham, sausage, or shredded chicken to the baked beans for a heartier dish.
  5. Cheesy Variation: Sprinkle some grated cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese over the top of the baked beans during the last few minutes of baking for a gooey and indulgent cheesy twist.
  6. Sweet and Tangy: Experiment with different types of barbecue sauces to achieve varying levels of sweetness and tanginess, from honey BBQ to spicy chipotle.
  7. Herb Infusion: Incorporate fresh or dried herbs like thyme, rosemary, or parsley into the bean mixture for added depth of flavor and aroma.
  8. Tex-Mex Fusion: Give these baked beans a Tex-Mex flair by adding a can of diced green chilies and a pinch of cumin to the sauce mixture for a burst of southwestern flavor.
  9. Maple Bacon Twist: Swap out the brown sugar in the recipe for maple syrup and use maple-flavored bacon for a sweet and savory combination that’s sure to please.
  10. Molasses Infusion: Substitute part of the brown sugar with molasses for a deeper, richer flavor profile that pairs beautifully with the smoky bacon and tangy barbecue sauce.


  1. Can I use canned beans instead of pork & beans?
    • Yes, you can substitute canned beans like navy beans or pinto beans. Drain and rinse them before adding to the recipe.
  2. Can I make this dish ahead of time?
    • Absolutely! Prepare the dish as instructed, cover tightly, and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. When ready to bake, simply remove from the fridge and bake as directed, adding a few extra minutes to the baking time if needed.
  3. Can I use turkey bacon instead of regular bacon?
    • Yes, turkey bacon can be used as a leaner alternative to traditional bacon. Cook it until crispy before adding it to the baked beans.
  4. How can I make this dish vegetarian-friendly?
    • Simply omit the bacon or replace it with vegetarian bacon. You can also add extra veggies like diced bell peppers, mushrooms, or carrots for added flavor and texture.
  5. Can I freeze leftover baked beans?
    • Yes, these baked beans freeze well. Allow them to cool completely, then transfer to freezer-safe containers or bags. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.
  6. What can I serve with these baked beans?
    • These baked beans pair well with grilled meats, barbecue chicken, hot dogs, or burgers. They also make a delicious side dish for picnics, potlucks, or backyard BBQs.
  7. Can I adjust the sweetness of the beans?
    • Absolutely! Adjust the amount of brown sugar or barbecue sauce to suit your taste preferences. Start with less and add more as needed.
  8. Can I make this recipe in a slow cooker?
    • Yes, you can cook these baked beans in a slow cooker. Follow steps 1-4 to prepare the bean mixture, then transfer it to the slow cooker. Cook on low for 4-6 hours or on high for 2-3 hours, until thickened and bubbly.
  9. What other types of beans can I use?
    • While pork & beans are traditional, you can use other types of canned beans such as navy beans, black beans, or kidney beans. Just make sure to drain and rinse them before adding to the recipe.
  10. How long will leftovers last in the refrigerator?
    • Leftover baked beans can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. Reheat them in the microwave or on the stovetop until heated through before serving.

Whether you’re hosting a backyard barbecue or just craving a hearty side dish, these Jazzed Up Baked Beans are sure to impress. Give this recipe a try and watch it become a new favorite in your household!