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Favorite Sweet Baked Beans

This has been our family favorite baked bean recipe for years!

Course Dinner, lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword bake beans for a crowd, baked beans, slowcooker baked beans, sweet baked beans
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 12


  • 1 lb bacon, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups white, sweet or yellow onion, chopped or 1 medium onion
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 (28 oz) cans Pork and Beans or 4 15 oz cans
  • 1 clove garlic, minced (optional)
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup brown sugar (dark or light)
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard or hot sauce


  1. Cook bacon, until crisp. Drain off grease and discard, and remove bacon to a small dish. Reserve some of the bacon for the top of the dish after it is baked.

  2. Add onion to the pan, sauté until softened over medium heat. Season with salt and pepper, about 1/2 teaspoon each. Add garlic, (if using) and sauté for one minute.

  3. Add the bacon, beans, ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce and dry mustard, stir to combine.

  4. Bake at 350 for 1 hour in ovenproof pan, or on stove top on low heat for 1 hour, or in a slow cooker on low for 4-6 hours. Top with reserved bacon before serving.

Recipe Notes

  • Baked beans may be adjusted to your taste preference. If you like beans less sweet, reduce the amount of sugar in the recipe. The heat may also be adjusted, reduce or increase the amount of dry mustard or hot sauce according to taste. 
  • Dark brown sugar gives the beans a darker, richer color especially after being baked than light or golden brown sugar. 
  • If you don't have ketchup, a cup of tomato sauce may be substituted. 
  • 2 tablespoons of cider vinegar  or balsamic vinegar may be substituted for 1/4 cup of Worcestershire sauce.