These are my Best Baked Beans - my go-to recipe with bacon, brown sugar, and mustard - that I take to potlucks and whip up for summer barbecues. The tender beans are a wonderful blend of sweet, smoky, and savory, and the perfect side dish for all your summer cookouts!

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  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 4 (15 ounce) cans pork and beans
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 pound bacon, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce


  1. Preheat oven or smoker to 325 degrees F.
  2. Chop bacon and fry in a large pan or cast iron skillet over medium-high by stirring with a wooden spoon until crispy. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels using a slotted spoon, then remove all but about 1/4 cup of the bacon drippings.
  3. Add the onion and green pepper to the pan with the bacon grease and sauté over medium heat until they have softened and begin to caramelize, around 5-7 minutes. Add garlic and continue to cook and stir for another 30 seconds.
  4. Add beans, reserved bacon, ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, and black pepper and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer, then transfer the pan to the oven or smoker if using a large, oven safe cast iron skillet, or pour the beans into a large 9x13-inch pan first before placing in the oven or smoker.
  5. Bake for 1-2 hours until the beans are hot and bubbly and have achieved the thickness you desire. Keep in mind that the beans will continue to thicken slightly as they cool.

Recipe has been adapted from >>>>>  here