Nana Recipe Wednesday—Barbeque Baked Beans

by Sarah on July 18, 2012

Nana and Aunt Kay: Sisters, buddies, traveling companions, outstanding collectors of delicious recipes.

I think this is another classic case of “Whose Recipe Is It”?  Nana made this recipe ALL.  THE.  TIME.  for backyard cookouts and parties, but at least one copy attributes the recipe to Aunt Kay.  It’s a good ‘un for a crowd–you can assemble it ahead of time and then just put it in the oven to cook when you’re ready.

I halved the recipe this time, so for the full recipe you’ll need 2 cans each of the beans.  The original recipe calls for pork ‘n beans but I prefer Ranch beans (with or without jalapeno).

First, brown the ground beef and bacon in a Dutch oven.

Add the onion and saute until soft.  Add the spices and  let cook for a minute.

Here’s the complicated part:  Dump everything else in.

Stir it up carefully so you don’t smoosh the beans.

If you wanted to, you could just leave it on the cooktop until it’s warmed through and eat it, as is.

But if you have a bit of patience, you can put it in the oven for an hour and you will be duly rewarded.  Leave the lid on for about 1/2 hour, then take it off.

Grill some dogs, make some slaw or salad, and serve them forth.  P.S.  That’s a 1/4 lb. Nathan’s hot dog above.  A very good hot dog.  Highly recommended.

Smoky, a bit sweet, with bits of bacon….you just can’t resist!

Nana's Barbeque Baked Beans


  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1 lb. bacon, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup barbeque sauce
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 4 Tbsp prepared mustard (I used Dijon)
  • 4 Tbsp molasses
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 3/4 tsp. pepper
  • 2 16-oz cans red kidney beans
  • 2 16-oz cans pork 'n beans (I used Ranch beans)
  • 2 16-oz cans butter beans


  • Preheat oven to 350*.
  • Brown ground beef, bacon and onion. Drain excess fat. Combine and add all other ingredients except beans and mix well. Add beans and combine.
  • Bake for 1/2 hour covered, then remove lid and bake another 1/2 hour.

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