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Quick Southern-Style Baked Beans

Course Side Dish


  • 8 slices bacon , halved
  • 1 medium onion , cut into small dice
  • 1/2 medium green pepper , cut into small dice
  • 3 large cans (28 ounces each) pork and beans
  • 3/4 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup distilled or cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard or 2 tablespoons Dijon


  • Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and heat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Fry bacon in large, deep sauté pan skillet until bacon has partially cooked and released about 1/4 cup drippings.
  • Remove bacon from pan and drain on paper towels.
  • Add onions and peppers to drippings in pan and sauté until tender, about 5 minutes.
  • Add beans and remaining ingredients bring to a simmer. (If skillet is not large enough, add beans and heat to a simmer then transfer to a large bowl and stir in remaining ingredients).
  • Pour flavored beans into a greased 13-by 9-inch (or similar size) ovenproof pan. Top with bacon, then bake until beans are bubbly and sauce is the consistency of pancake syrup, about 2 hours.
  • Let stand to thicken slightly and serve.