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KANSAS CITY STYLE BARBECUE BEANS

KANSAS CITY STYLE BARBECUE BEANS

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.

Bean pot of Kansas City Barbecue Beans -beans that are sweet, tangy, spicy, and full of barbecue flavor. Perfect for a Super Bowl party!

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.
  • Ketchup
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Yellow mustard
  • Bacon – for a smokey flavor.  You could also use a cup of chopped barbecued meat.
  • Oil
  • Onions and garlic – these will be sauteed in the oil until very tender before adding to the beans.

Bean pot of Kansas City Barbecue Beans -beans that are sweet, tangy, spicy, and full of barbecue flavor. Perfect for a Super Bowl party!

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Bean pot of Kansas City Barbecue Beans -beans that are sweet, tangy, spicy, and full of barbecue flavor. Perfect for a Super Bowl party!

KANSAS CITY STYLE BARBECUE BEANS


  • Author: Millie Brinkley
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour, 25 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4-6 1x

Description

Kansas City Barbecue Beans are sweet, tangy, spicy, and full of barbecue flavor.  They are a perfect side dish for your game day menu.


Ingredients

Scale

4 slices bacon, cut into small pieces

½ sweet onion, minced

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 (16-ounce) cans baked beans, undrained

¾ cup dark brown sugar

¼ cup dark molasses

1 tablespoon barbecue dry rub

¾ cup barbecue sauce

¼ cup ketchup

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon yellow mustard


Instructions

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.

Serve hot.

  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Kansas City Barbecue Beans, side dish, baked beans, game day eats, KC barbecue, barbecue side dish

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