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BBQ Baked Beans Recipe – Savory!

This BBQ Baked Beans Recipe gives you delicious tomato-based beans that are tangy and spicy. They go perfectly with heavier sides like creamed corn and sweet cornbread.

Note: These do not taste like the sweet beans the Golden Retriever sells. I actually like those beans, but I don’t want them all the time. These are much more savory and tangy, and far less sweet. 



Techniques for a delicious BBQ Baked Beans Recipe

  • Make sure to give them the time to cook. Baking them for a long time turns them from beans in tomato sauce to perfectly caramelized beans.
  • If you don’t like hot sauce, you can substitute half the amount of rice vinegar or white wine vinegar to give them the tangy kick.



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Yield: 4 Servings

BBQ Baked Beans Recipe

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These beans are tomato-y and spicy. Don't try to rush the process, they need time to caramelize.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes


  • 1 sweet onion, remove ends, dice
  • 1 can navy beans, drain and rinse
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/8 cup hot sauce (I used Frank’s)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/8 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 2 cups water (about)


    1. Adjust oven rack to the middle position (make sure your pot fits), and preheat the oven to 375°F.
    2. In an oven-safe lidded pot (but on the stovetop for now), heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil over medium heat. Add diced sweet onion. Saute stirring frequently until onion is translucent and begins to brown.
    3. Add all remaining ingredients and bring to a simmer. Cover and place in the oven until the beans darken to a deeper red, and the sauce becomes less tomato-y and more caramelized and sweet. About 40 minutes to an hour.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 162Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1014mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 7gSugar: 12gProtein: 5g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

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