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Best Southern Style Baked Beans Recipe

In this post I’m sharing my Best Southern Style Baked Beans Recipe.


Y’all, I don’t have a dog named, Duke, keeping the secret family recipe for baked beans but I can tell ya that mine have been declared the best by my family. Sorry, Duke!

The only secret that I’ve kept about this recipe is how crazy easy it is to make. Seriously…so, so easy and you’re gonna love it!

Baked beans seem to be a favorite side dish of summer, or so I think anyways. Baked beans go perfectly with barbecue, burgers and even a fish fry. Most folks seem to love them too and there are hardly any left. 

Baked beans are definitely a side dish you want for summer gatherings, like Memorial Day or the 4th of July, to go alongside the coleslaw and potato salad

Since y’all are company, I pulled out my white casserole dish to make these baked beans. I usually throw them in one of those disposable foil baking pans and call it a day. 

Grandma’s Molasses Baked Beans Recipe

Homemade baked beans with bacon in a wooden serving spoon. Everyone loves this amazing side dish.

I just assume that most people have had or tried baked beans at some point in their life but, if you haven’t, maybe you’re curious where baked beans originated and if they’re good.

Let’s start with, are they good, and the answer is YES. Baked beans are rich in color and flavor and absolutely delicious. They’re a blend of sweet, savory and a bit of a kick at the end. You can go wrong with a flavorful dish that is mostly beans.

Beans are also highly nutritious  and a good source of fiber. My recipe also incorporates molasses which is always a better option than refined sugar. Molasses also contains antioxidants.

So…although delicious, skip the store bought canned beans and make your own. 

Easy Homemade Baked Beans

What ingredients are needed to make homemade baked beans that are healthier than store bought. Pork and beans, green pepper, onion and a sweet and tangy sauce and bacon are the key ingredients for baked beans.

As far as where baked beans come from…well, they originated in the U.K. 

I know a lot of us probably assumed that this was another fine recipe that was born right here in the South, but now you know. I’m sure we put a delicious twist on it though!

What do you need to make the best baked beans recipe at home? You’ll need a big can of Pork and Beans (that’s right), homemade baked bean sauce, salt, pepper, green bell pepper, onion (I’m using a Vidalia ’cause they’re in season), and bacon.

You can get all the details and printable recipe card further down in the post.

Baked Beans with Bacon

Easy recipe for homemade baked beans topped with thick bacon pieces

Notice how pretty the bacon looks on top? You guessed it, I did that to show off a little for y’all! The bacon pieces get stirred in after it comes out of the oven so just throw them on top if you want to…I usually do

Best Southern Style Baked Beans Recipe

Yield: About 3.5 pounds of Baked Beans

Best Southern Style Baked Beans Recipe

Grandma's Southern Style baked beans with molasses in a white casserole dish. This is a favorite side dish of summer and so easy to prepare.

The un-official must have side dish of summer and Southern cook outs, sweet and savory baked beans.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes


Baked Beans

  • 53 oz. Pork and Beans, with the tomato sauce (I used Van Camps)
  • 1/2 of a Vidalia Onion, diced
  • 1 Large Green Bell Pepper, finely diced
  • 1/2 lb. Bacon, chopped into pieces

Baked Bean Sauce

  • 1/2 c Molasses
  • 1/4 c Yellow Mustard
  • 1 c Ketchup
  • 1/4 c White Vinegar
  • 2 tbs Worcestershire Sauce
  • Pinch of Kosher Salt
  • Cracked Black Pepper, to taste
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 tsp Hot Sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a medium to large size mixing bowl, add all of the sauce ingredients and whisk to combine.
  3. Next, add the pork and beans with the tomato sauce along withe the diced onion and green pepper.
  4. Stir to combine it all together then pour it into a casserole baking dish.
  5. Top with the topped bacon pieces then place into the oven and bake 1.5 to 2 hours, or until bacon pieces have cooked through as desired.
  6. Remove from the oven and stir the baked beans to incorporate the bacon pieces.
  7. Allow to cool 10 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Information:



Amount Per Serving: Calories: 301Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 991mgCarbohydrates: 45gFiber: 8gSugar: 17gProtein: 14g

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you’ll try these amazing baked beans soon! Let me know what you think when you do.

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This baked beans recipe was shared at Foodie Friday, Weekend Potluck and Meal Plan Monday.

You might also enjoy these recipes from my friends: Cowboy Beans and BBQ Spice Rub.

I’ll see you again soon! Happy Cooking Y’all!

Meet Julia

Author of Julia's Simply Southern

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Sunday 2nd of June 2019

These look amazing!

Julia Jordan

Sunday 2nd of June 2019

Thank you. It's one of my favorite sides to serve at cookouts. Delicious!

Deanne Frieders

Friday 31st of May 2019

We do have a dog and his name is Duke - but your beans look even more delicious than his recipe!! ;) These are perfect for every summer bbq!

Julia Jordan

Friday 31st of May 2019

HaHa, poor Duke just can't catch a break here ;)

Angela Wallace

Saturday 25th of May 2019

The perfect Southern comfort food! Easy, healthy and delicious! What's not to love? Thanks for sharing!

Julia Jordan

Saturday 25th of May 2019

Angela, Thank you ;) They are truly delicious.


Friday 24th of May 2019

As I said on FB this week, wow! I love baked beans and these look amazing! Printing and Pinning the recipe! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friday!

Julia Jordan

Friday 24th of May 2019

Thank you so much, Kathleen! You make my heart smile. I'm so glad to know you're enjoying this recipe.


Thursday 23rd of May 2019

This sounds just like the way my grandmother used to make baked beans.

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