Southern Baked Beans Recipe

As we’re about to step into all those fun cookouts, summer get togethers, and even family reunions, I thought I’d share this favorite recipe for Southern Baked Beans.


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These Southern Baked Beans really go so perfectly with so many dishes I serve during this season – like grilled chicken, hamburgers, and everything in between – that they are somewhat of a regular occurrence around here.


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Rich, smokey and oh so delicious, my Southern Baked Beans is really a recipe you need.

The fast-track of this recipe begins with canned navy beans, but you can of course begin with soaked dried beans if you prefer.



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So, here’s my Southern Baked Beans recipe. Get ready to make it often!

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Southern Baked Beans Recipe
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Southern Baked Beans make the perfect side dish for so many meals! Get this easy recipe for Southern Baked Beans that will become a favorite!
Serves: 8-10
  • 2 (16-ounce) cans navy beans
  • 3 strips bacon, diced
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ medium sweet onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ cup unsulphured molasses
  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon prepared yellow mustard
  • For the Top of Baked Beans (optional):
  • 2 slices bacon, halved
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 325º F.
  2. Pour navy beans into medium stockpot.
  3. In a medium skillet, add diced bacon, onion, and garlic. Cook until bacon is crisp and onion is tender. Remove from heat and add to navy beans.
  4. Add Worcestershire sauce, molasses, brown sugar, ketchup, and yellow mustard. Stir to combine well. Pour into deep dish you plan to serve from or leave in stockpot. Top with bacon and sprinkle top with brown sugar.
  5. Place in oven and bake 45 minutes. Increase temperature to 425º F for 10 minutes to crisp bacon. Remove from oven and allow to rest about 5 minutes before serving.


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About Robyn

A seventh generation Southern wife and mom who loves to share simple, fresh, and scrumptious recipes the whole family will enjoy.


  1. 1

    wow. that bacon. I’m dead.

  2. 2
    Sweetsugarbelle says:

    Perfect timing! My mouth is watering. Beans and coleslaw are a meal to me!

  3. 3

    That. Looks. Amazing.

    WOW!!! Cant wait to make these!

  4. 4

    These beans look rich and full of flavor! They are going on my grilling menu!

  5. 5

    Wow! These look amazing! I have been looking for the perfect baked beans and I think I just found them! Thank you!

  6. 6

    Love the color..

  7. 7

    YUMMY! Those look fabulous for a side!

  8. 8

    My mouth is totally watering just seeing the picture lol. I grew up on baked beans…YUM. Instead of navy beans we use pork n beans…throw in some ketchup, bacon, and brown sugar with a little bit of chopped onions….sometimes we toss in a lil bit of bbq sauce…woooo weeee!!! Good stuff!

  9. 9

    I need this now.

  10. 10

    I’m reading this at 5:45 a.m. and my mouth is watering for those beans!! Thanks for sharing.

  11. 11

    I will definitely be trying this one. Too yummy sounding to pass up.

  12. 12

    Thank you, Robyn. Easy and sounds really good. Have a weonderful day!

  13. 13

    I love baked beans with bacon. Will try this for sure, thanks! :)

  14. 14

    Wow, Robyn! These look SO mouthwatering and easy, I love it. A must-try for my next BBQ, for sure!

  15. 15

    My British husband insists that the only beans worth eating are Heinz beans, which are very hard to find in Honolulu. I’m trying to convince him of the complete awesomeness of American baked beans. Perhaps this recipe will do the trick.

  16. 16

    Robyn, these look soooo good! Perfect for summer! :)

  17. 17

    Oh yum! I’m thinking these will be perfect for just about any main dish we may serve this weekend.

  18. 18
    Abigail says:

    Just wondering if you drained the beans? may sound like a silly question but I know people who don’t drain canned beans.

  19. 20

    These pictures are mouth watering! I love this recipe, I am betting it tastes amazing :)

  20. 21
    Michelle T. says:

    I made these beans yesterday — they’re amazing! Thank you for another fantastic recipe, Robyn! :)

    I used White Beans since I couldn’t find navy beans.

  21. 22

    Do you drain the beans? Making tonight! Thanks for the recipe!

  22. 23
    Pat Bolton says:

    I made these tonight and did not drain the beans…..big mistake! They did not look anything like these…..too soupy. Will try again but will drain the navy beans, before I pass judgment on the recipe!!

  23. 24

    This may be the dumbest question of the thread, but am I cooking the bacon before dicing? Thanks, folks.

  24. 26

    I drained my beans and put in about 1 cup of water. I always drain my canned beans, I can’t stand that slimy liquid that’s on them. Love this recipe, tastes great!

  25. 27

    Looked good but to watery even with draining beans and 1.5 hours cooking,I had to scramble to make them work.

  26. 28
    Michelle says:

    I made this recipe last night for a hot dog roast with friends. My husband loved these with his first bite as did everyone. The recipe is so easy to follow and the result is scrumptious! Thank you for sharing such a wonderful recipe.

  27. 29

    Tried this recipe for the first time for the 4th of July Holiday. My Father requested baked beans and I planned to deliver. This recipe did not disappoint! Talk about DELISH!! Full of flavor, not too sweet. I drained my beans and I substituted turkey bacon for pork bacon. So good that I am cooking again tonight!! You will enjoy.

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    Raymond Braddock says:

    I made these beans a week ago using two cans of Van Camp’s and one can Campbell’s pork and beans, undrained, and then followed the recipe as written except for using a few more slices of bacon. I baked them in a Piral Ware terracotta pot and ate them for three days with Italian bread from our small town bakery(fabulous bread). They could be the best I’ve made and I’ve tried a lot of recipes.

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      Sandra Fox says:

      I like both receipes, I used Van Camp’s pork and beans if I don’t have time for
      the navy beans. Both are great! Thanks


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