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Easy CrockPot Baked Beans with Bacon

Stir up an easy recipe for CrockPot baked beans in your slow cooker. Made from scratch with brown sugar and bacon, they're the ultimate side for a crowd!
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 1250kcal
Author: Mel Lockcuff


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  • Lodge Cast Iron Skillet, Pre-Seasoned with Silicone Hot Handle Holder , 10.25 Inch
  • Crock-Pot 7-Quart Oval Manual Slow Cooker


  • 8 slices bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion diced
  • 16 ounces 1 can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 22 ounces 2 cans pork and beans
  • 15.5 ounces 1 can chili beans, mild or spicy
  • 4 hot dogs optional
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Dice the onion, and slice the bacon into crumble-sized pieces. Then add the bacon and onions to a large skillet, and cook both 'til crispy; drain and set aside.
  • Rinse and drain the kidney beans, and add them to the CrockPot.
  • Add the pork and beans, as well as the chili beans (but do not rinse).
  • If you want to add hot dogs, slice them and stir them into the beans.
  • Stir in ketchup, mustard, brown sugar, honey, and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Then stir in the crispy bacon and onions.
  • Cover your slow cooker and cook for 8 to 10 hours on low, stirring occasionally.
  • Once they are done cooking and dinner is ready, you can serve them immediately, and store any leftovers in the refrigerator.


You can use dried beans that have been soaked, or you can use canned beans. I wanted this to be an easy baked beans recipe, so I made CrockPot baked beans with canned beans. I like to start with a base of pork and beans for added flavor. And then add in both red kidney beans and chili beans. You can also use Great Northern or Navy beans. Some cooks like to use pinto beans or cannellini beans, as well.
There are so many things you can do to baked beans to make them unique and give them a different flavor. Some of those options might include…
  • Instead of bacon, add a different meat. Maybe try ham, smoked sausage, ground beef, or pulled pork.
  • Use molasses in place of brown sugar and honey, or just in place of the honey (and keep the brown sugar). If you want the sweetness to have a spicy kick, try Hot Honey.
  • Add a little bit of Worcestershire sauce.
  • If you want more smoky flavor, add a little bit of Liquid Smoke.
  • Add smaller chunks of pineapple for a hint of sweetness.
  • Substitute bbq sauce for all or part of the ketchup.
  • Want more spice? Add a little hot saucecayenne pepper, or jalapeño pepper.
  • Speaking of peppers, try adding some minced bell pepper for added fresh flavor.
Yes, you can freeze baked beans for up to about 6 months. Just be sure to store them in an airtight container so they don't get freezer burn.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 1250kcal | Carbohydrates: 253g | Protein: 63g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 3139mg | Fiber: 48g | Sugar: 93g
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