Slow Cooker Baked Beans
Slow cooker baked beans are the epitome of cookout food! These beans come together in no time and slow cook for hours, so all the flavors can mingle together! One bite and you and your friends will be hooked!
Slow Cooker Baked Beans
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Hey friends! Is it hot where you are? It has been super-hot the last few days and it’s just miserable. I hate turning on my oven (or using my stove, for that matter) whenever it’s hot. How about you? I ALWAYS turn to my slow cooker on days where it’s way too hot for the oven.
Truth be told, my slow cooker is my favorite appliance I have. I use it ALL the time. I especially love to use it for these slow cooker baked beans. This recipe is so simple and saves so much time by cooking the beans in a slow cooker. What is great about these beans is that you don’t have to make them on the stove or in the oven. When you are worrying about all the other things at your cookout, these beans won’t be one of the things on your mind.
I first tried this recipe at Thanksgiving. We don’t have the traditional turkey and stuffing kind of Thanksgiving. Last year, we had a random variety of favorite things, like steak, mashed potatoes and pie. My grandma also made these beans and I honestly ate half the pan. She makes hers in the oven, which is great too, but I wanted to tweak the recipe for the slow cooker. There are many kinds of beans in this recipe that there is something for everyone! You can even customize the recipe and use your favorite beans. You can’t go wrong when you bring a giant pot of baked beans to cookout because, lets face it, who doesn’t like baked beans?!
How to make these baked beans
Beans: You can use any kind of beans that your family likes. For this recipe, I used the most popular beans, but use whatever you like. As far as the can of baked beans that goes into this recipe, I use one that has some sweetness to it. That’s why I chose maple flavored baked beans. You can also use bacon and brown sugar!
Bacon: I changed my grandma’s original recipe so that there were real bacon bits instead of fried bacon. I don’t like to fry bacon and make my house smell, so I went with bacon bits. Feel free to use 6 slices of fried and crumbled bacon instead of bits if you have some.
Other cooking method: You can also make these beans in the oven. You mix the ingredients in a large bowl then transfer them to a baking dish and bake in the oven. They bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour, 30 minutes covered, and 30 minutes uncovered.
- 1 (28 ounce) can maple flavored baked beans
- 1 (15.5-ounce) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 (16-ounce) can dark red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 (16-ounce) can light red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 (3-ounce) package of real bacon bits
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- ½ cup packed light brown sugar
- ½ cup ketchup
- ¾ cup apple juice
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Place all the ingredients into your slow cooker and mix well.
- Cook on low for 4 hours.
You can also make these beans in the oven. You mix the ingredients in a large bowl then transfer them to a baking dish and bake in the oven. They bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour, 30 minutes covered, and 30 minutes uncovered.
All the measurements for the cans of beans are based on the Bush’s brand. Other varieties might be a half an ounce less or more, and that’s perfectly fine.