Kansas City Style Barbecue Beans incorporate all of the flavors of Kansas City barbecue – sweet, spicy, tangy, and a bit smokey. Could there be a more perfect side dish for this weekend’s big game? Doesn’t matter who you’re going to cheer for, these beans will be a favorite for both sides. For more authentic barbecue flavor, stir in a bit of your barbecued meat – pulled pork, brisket, or diced sausage.
I’ve been told that the secret to KC barbecue is molasses. It adds both sweetness and a depth of flavor to the barbecue sauce. If you’ve never added molasses to baked beans, you’re in for a treat. These beans get a double dose from adding KC barbecue sauce (with molasses) and a bit more molasses just for good measure.
WHAT DO I NEED FOR THIS RECIPE?
- Canned baked beans – I like using Bush’s, but any canned baked beans will work. You could also use a can of baked bean and a can of another type of canned beans – like pinto, black bean, or Navy bean, just be sure to drain the water off of the can of plain beans. You want to keep the sauce in the can of baked beans.
- Dark brown sugar
- Dark molasses
- Barbecue dry rub – use your favorite or make your own
- Barbecue sauce – KC bbq sauce is sweeter than other types. Use your favorite brand.
- Apple cider vinegar
- Yellow mustard
- Bacon – for a smokey flavor. You could also use a cup of chopped barbecued meat.
- Onions and garlic – these will be sauteed in the oil until very tender before adding to the beans.
Complete your meal with these suggestions:
- Fall Off The Bone Baby Back Ribs
- Grilled Barbecue Pork Chops
- Southern Potato Salad
- Southern Cornbread Salad
- Texas Pea Salad
- Southern Style Cole Slaw
- Cheddar Jalapeno Bread
Kansas City Barbecue Beans are sweet, tangy, spicy, and full of barbecue flavor. They are a perfect side dish for your game day menu.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 3-quart casserole dish with cooking spray. Set aside.
In a medium skillet over medium-high heat, cook the bacon until it begins to crisp – about 7 minutes.
Add the chopped onions and stir to coat with the bacon fat. Cook, stirring often until the onions begin to turn translucent – about 5-8 minutes.
Meanwhile, pour the beans, with their juices, into a large bowl. Stir in the sugar, molasses, dry rub, barbecue sauce, ketchup, vinegar, and mustard.
Add the bacon and onion mixture to the bowl and combine fully.
Pour the bean mixture into the prepared casserole dish.
Bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes
- Category: Side Dish
- Method: Bake
- Cuisine: American
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