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Barbecue Bean Recipes

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Barbecue beans are a favorite side dish and there are so many recipes to choose from. This page contains barbecue bean recipes.


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March 9, 2015

I found this recipe that is supposed to be a copycat of El Pollo Loco. I didn't have all the ingredients, so this is an adapted version. The beans are smoky, tangy, and a little sweet. Everyone loved them. I had to keep shooing the kids away from the fridge until it was time for dinner. They still snagged a few bites, though.

Total Time: about 2 hours, total

Yield: 6 or so


  • 1 32 oz. can black beans
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp molasses
  • 3 Tbsp ketchup
  • 3 Tbsp bacon fat
  • 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar (I had none, so used balsamic vinegar instead).
  • 2 Tbsp green chiles, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne (I had none, so used smoked chipotle)


  1. Combine all ingredients. Cook on medium heat. Simmer uncovered for 1 hour 15 minutes, until thickened, stirring occasionally.
  2. When you start out, there is a lot of liquid, compared to the amount of beans. But, don't worry. When the beans simmer, the liquid will reduce down. Mine reduced almost by half.
  3. Let cool a little. The beans will thicken as they cool down.
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September 3, 2010


  • 2 (15 oz.) cans butter beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 3 bacon strips, diced


In a bowl combine the beans, brown sugar, ketchup, and onion. Transfer to a greased 1 1/2 quart baking dish. Sprinkle with bacon. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees F for 1 1/2 hours. Makes 4-6 servings.

By Robin from Washington, IA

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July 6, 2009


  • 6 slices uncooked bacon, cut into pieces
  • 3 cans green beans, drained
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup brown sugar


Mix all ingredients and bake in a covered casserole at 275 degrees F for 3 hours.

By Robin from Washington, IA

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July 10, 2008

Chop bacon and place in small saucepan. Add beans and barbecue sauce.

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December 29, 2006

Put the ground beef, onion, salt and pepper in a skillet and brown. Drain off all fat. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.

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