The Best Slow Cooker Baked Beans Recipe

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The Best Slow Cooker Baked Beans Recipe – delicious baked beans that are bursting with flavor right from the slow cooker!

This recipe is a spin off of our popular Bean Bake recipe – but with a bit of a sweet kick thanks to a can of Coke, Dr Pepper, or root beer! If you’re looking for the ultimate easy, simple, and totally delicious bean side dish, this is it!

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Slow Cooker Baked Beans With Bacon

If you’re cooking up some burgers, brisket, ribs, or grilled pork tenderloin and looking for the ULTIMATE side, you need these easy slow cooker beans!

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For this recipe, we’re adding lots of smoky, crunchy bacon to give even more flavor to our baked beans! If you want to make a meat-free baked beans recipe, please simply omit bacon.

If you want an even meatier baked beans recipe, please check out our Best Ever Baked Beans recipe.

Slab bacon or salt pork may also be used in this recipe – you might need to adjust salt to your liking depending on the flavor.

For super crispy bacon (perfect to crumble on the top of baked beans when they are done), you can find our perfect baked bacon recipe here.

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How to Make Slow Cooker Baked Beans

We’re using Coke to sweeten our baked beans and help keep the classic baked beans sauce nice and runny – the perfect combination! You can use diet Coke or Coke Zero to reduce the sugars in this baked beans recipe.

Soda doesn’t need to be carbonated for this to work – I always seem to have a can of coke that a kid opens and forgets and it goes flat – which can be used in this recipe. We’re using Coke for the flavor, not the carbonation.

For a different flavor, you can swap the Coke in this recipe for Dr Pepper – the cherry flavor of Dr Pepper gives baked beans a great complex flavor that isn’t too sweet. You can also use Diet Dr Pepper to reduce the sugar in your slow cooker baked beans. If you love this twist, be sure to check out our Dr Pepper Pot Roast, too!

  • Bacon – bacon brings out a smoky, rich, meaty flavor in baked beans that is a cookout classic.
  • Yellow onion – onion’s earthy, pungent kick adds a layer of vegetal flavor to baked beans that helps cut through the richness from bacon and sweetness of the molasses and coke.
  • Baked beans – using canned baked beans is a great starter for this recipe – they already contain some seasoning from brown sugar, garlic, and other spices to save you time and kick your flavor in overdrive!
  • Molasses – the sweet but not sugary flavor of molasses brings a rich, deep flavor to baked beans that is unforgettable – it is perfect paired with bacon and onion!
  • Brown sugar – brown sugar brings a more caramelized flavor that isn’t intensely sweet, but offers a more complex taste.
  • Coke or Dr Pepper – a bit of soda (it can be flat) brings a unique sweetness to these beans that majorly ups the addictive flavor!
  • Dijon mustard – dijon brings a spicy heat that adds a rich layer of intensity to these beans, and brings you back for more!
  • Bay leaves – bay leaves bring an earthy taste with notes of pepper and mint.
  • Apple cider vinegar – apple cider vinegar is acidic to help balance overly sweet and fatty flavor.
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Tips to Perfect Slow Cooker Baked Beans & FAQs

This recipe is super simple – brown onions and crisp bacon then dump in a slow cooker and cook – but there are a couple modifications and tips to make this perfect!

  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave.
  • You can also prepare the whole batch in advance of a party or potluck and reheat in the crockpot.
  • Slab bacon or salt pork may also be used in this recipe
  • Coke can be omitted from this recipe or replaced with dr pepper or root beer.
  • These beans are on the sweeter side, feel free to add in a jalapeno pepper or two to add some heat or reduce the light brown sugar to ? cup.

Recipe FAQs

How long can baked beans be stored?

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
Reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave.

Can I make baked beans vegetarian?

Omit bacon for a vegetarian/vegan version of baked beans.

Can I use Dr Pepper in baked beans?

You can use Dr Pepper, root beer, or Coke for this recipe – go for the flavor you love the most!

Can I make baked beans without mustard?

You can skip the mustard if you are allergic or don’t have any on hand.
I’m allergic to mustard, and skip it when I make it – but my husband likes mustard in his baked beans so sometimes I’ll make them both ways.

You can find our entire BBQ side dish recipe index here.

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If you like lots of rich, meaty grilled, smoked, baked, and pan fried BBQ flavor, you’re going to love our recipes below!

Our top rated smoked pork ribs, smoked brisket, and crispy pulled pork are knockouts that can’t be missed – but these beans are also delicious alongside meaty classics like our baked pork tenderloin and air fried chicken legs, too!

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The Best Slow Cooker Baked Beans Recipe

The Best Slow Cooker Baked Beans Recipe – delicious baked beans that are bursting with flavor right from the slow cooker!
Course Side dishes
Cuisine slow cooker
Keyword baked beans, beans, slow cooker
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 195kcal
Author Courtney O’Dell

Ingredients

  • ½ lb uncooked bacon chopped
  • 1 small yellow onion diced
  • 2 28oz. cans Bush’s vegetarian baked beans
  • ? cup molasses
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup coke
  • ¼ cup dijon mustard
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • Salt to taste
  • Black pepper to taste

Instructions

  • In a large skillet, cook the chopped bacon and yellow onion until the bacon is almost cooked. Remove from heat and add the bacon, onions, and drippings to a crockpot.
  • Then add the beans, molasses, brown sugar, coke, mustard, bay leaves, and vinegar.
  • Cook on low heat for 5 to 6 hours or high heat for 3.5 to 4 hours.
  • Remove bay leaves before serving.

Notes

  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave.
  • You can also prepare the whole batch in advance of a party or potluck and reheat in the crockpot.
  • Slab bacon or salt pork may also be used in this recipe.
  • Coke can be omitted from this recipe or replaced with dr pepper or root beer.
  • These beans are on the sweeter side, feel free to add in a jalapeno pepper or two to add some heat or reduce the light brown sugar to ? cup.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 195kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 465mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 20g

About Courtney

Courtney loves to share great wine, good food, and loves to explore far flung places- all while masting an everyday elegant and easy style at lifestyle blog Sweet C’s Designs. Sweet C's devoted to finding the best food and drinks you'll want to make or find, around the world!

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