Time to Picnic: The Best Barbecue Baked Beans

Here is the best barbecue sauce I’ve ever eaten. My mom made it for ribs. Now that I’ve cut back on meat consumption, I’ve been using  the sauce in baked beans. Commercially prepared baked beans are way too sweet. This sauce lets the tomato shine through!

photo of navy beans soaking in pot of water
Navy beans soak in a pot of water.


1 c. dry navy beans

3. c. water

8 oz. can tomato sauce

1/2 c. chopped onion

1/4 c. packed brown sugar

1/4 c. reduced sugar ketchup

1/4 c. apple cider vinegar

1 T. chili powder

2 T. prepared mustard

1 clove minced garlic (or 1 tsp crushed)


Soak 1 cup navy beans over night in 3 c. water.

Preheat oven to 325°F.

photo of cooking barbecue sauce ingredients
Combine barbecue sauce ingredients

Combine all remaining ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to boil, stirring constantly, and reduce heat to simmer. Cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Drain beans in colander and then empty into a covered casserole dish or bean pot. Stir in the prepared barbecue sauce. Add 1 c. water and mix into beans.

photo of combining sauce and beans in baking dish
Combine beans, sauce, and water in a covered baking dish.

Bake at 325°F for about 4-5 hours. Add 1/2 c. water to pot after each hour.

Serves 4 as a side.

photo of covered bean pot
covered bean pot


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