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Baked Beans

Are you ready for summer? Ready to gather around the picnic table with family and friends and enjoy your favorite summertime foods? I know I am! This baked bean recipe is a favorite, and is always on my cookout menu, I thought it was about time I share it with you lovelies.


IMG_2157These baked beans are worthy of the “best” title.  Everytime I make them people say “these are the best baked beans I’ve ever had!”, and I smile and shake my head in agreement.  YUP!  They are!


IMG_2166I wish I could take credit for these beans, but I can’t, not completely.  Although the recipe isn’t a far cry from my recipe.  I think it’s the addition of the peppers, and well the bacon fat that push it over the top.


Baked BeansI first found this recipe on PW’s website, but the recipe is Pam Andersons.  Not Pamela. Pam. Anderson.  Former executive editor of Cooks Illustrated magazine, and NY times bestselling cookbook author!  Pam is my favorite cookbook author.  She also has a blog with her two beautiful daughters, Three Many Cooks, go check it out!


IMG_2159I have taken a few liberties with these beans, sort of made them my own; basically they are Pam’s southern style baked bean recipe.  I’m telling you need to try these.  I recently made them for a cookout at church, I had a few people pass them by and sort of turn up their noses and I was like “um you need to try these beans, I promise you will love them, if you’ve never like baked beans before these will make you a lover of baked beans”, and guess what?  I was right.  They both came up to me and said, I can’t believe it “I loved those beans”.  YUP!

I knew it!

Best Ever Baked Beans

Sheila Johnson
This baked bean recipe will make a baked bean lover out anyone! Sweet and zippy, full of added peppers and bacon! What's not to love?!
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 12


  • 1 large deep skillet 12" or larger works best
  • 1 9x13 baking dish


  • 1 lb thick cut bacon
  • 1 green pepper seeded/cored and diced
  • 1 red bell pepper seeded/cored and diced
  • 2 cups red onion diced
  • 1 large jalapeno pepper seeded, finely diced
  • 3 28 ounce cans Bushes Original baked beans drain off excess juice from top of can


  • 1/2 cup favorite Barbecue Sauce I use Sweet Baby Rays original.
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp prepared yellow mustard
  • 2 dashes Worcestershire Sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Take half of the bacon and cut into 1/2 inch chunks. Place remaining strips of bacon in pan and cook until about half way done. Remove from pan, place on paper towels to drain. Remove grease from pan.
  • Add remaining bacon pieces, onion, and all the diced peppers into the pan. Cook until bacon starts to crisp up/brown, and onions and peppers are soft. Remove grease if it is in excess. You shouldn't have pools of bacon grease in pan with veggies.
  • Add beans and all remaining ingredients into the pan with bacon and veg. Stir well to incorporate. Cook over medium heat until bubbling. Pour into a 9x13 baking dish or two smaller dishes lay precooked bacon strips over the top.
  • Place dishes of beans in preheated oven uncovered for 1 1/2-2 hours or until beans are bubbly and starting to thicken and bacon is browned on top.
Keyword bacon, barbecue, bbq, beans, grilling, one pan, side dish, stovetop, summer
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This recipe is my interpretation of Pam Andersons  Southern Style Baked Beans.




Well hello there beautiful beans!  Welcome to the party!

Whats your favorite summer time picnic recipe…besides baked beans that is?

XO, Sheila



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