Grandma’s Molasses Baked Beans

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Molasses Baked Beans are that deep, rich sticky bean that always seems to signify summer. These beans are a crowd pleaser at every summer cook out or camping trip.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 5 minutes
Molasses Baked Beans in a casserole dish.

Molasses Baked Beans are that deep, rich sticky bean that always seems to signify summer. My grandma’s signature recipe is always a crowd pleaser at every summer cook out or camping trip. My family has been making this recipe for years!

Molasses Baked Beans in a casserole dish.

The Molasses Baked Beans recipe is a summer staple, they have that smokey and sweet flavor that seems perfect for everything that goes on the grill. Why are beans associated with the American Revolution? Check out the history.

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What We Love About This Old Fashioned Baked Beans using Canned Beans Recipe

Making things for your barbeque does not have to be complicated or time consuming. This recipe is very fast to assemble and bake. The best part is that this recipe does not require you to have to soak the beans overnight and drain in a colander before you make this dish.

  • 5 Minute Prep: Just mix the ingredients together and bake,
  • Easy Ingredients: All found in pantry.
  • Family Friendly: Always a crowd pleaser.
  • Adaptable: Can make it low-carb or even vegetarian.
A fork in a side of beans.

Ingredient Notes for Baked Beans in the Oven

  • Onion, large onion, chopped onion
  • 3 cans, 14.8 oz each Pork and Beans (I use Campbell’s)
  • Molasses: 1/3 cup
  • Ketchup: 1/2 Cup
  • Brown sugar
  • Bacon, slices, diced
  • All Purpose Seasoning: The recipe is linked. A nice blend of salt, black pepper and garlic etc.

Equipment Needed for Easy Recipes for Baked Beans

How to Make Baked Beans Recipe Easy

These are the basic steps for making Molasses Baked Beans. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions.

STEP 1: PREP

First, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Then in an a large oven safe pot on the stove top, heat vegetable oil.  When hot, add onion and saute for 3-4 minutes or until softened.

STEP 2: BEANS

Then add beans, molasses, ketchup and brown sugar, then stir to combine. Next add diced bacon pieces on top.

STEP 3: BAKE

Finally, bake for one hour.

Prep and Storage Tips for Southern Baked Beans

HOW TO MAKE THIS COWBOY BAKED BEANS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

Make the beans as directed in the baking dish and wrap well with plastic wrap or foil or place in an airtight container and keep in the refrigerator until ready to reheat and serve.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

Keep leftovers in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS BAKED BEAN RECIPE

You can freeze baked beans for at least 6 months. Let the beans cool completely, then portion them into freezer-safe containers.

HOW TO REHEAT THIS RECIPE

Reheat baked beans is in the oven. While the oven preheats, put your baked beans in an oven-safe dish and cover with an oven-safe lid or foil for about 5-10 minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE VEGETARIAN?

Use a vegetarian bacon. You can also make a low calorie ketchup and a brown sugar replacement to make this recipe lower calorie.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE SOMETHING FOR THE MOLASSES?

Indeed, you can use honey or maple syrup for the sauce.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

Of course, this is a wonderful recipe for a party or for dinner for two. Simply adjust the ingredients for the amount that you need.

WHAT ELSE CAN I ADD TO THESE BAKE BEANS?

Vegetables such as carrot, broccoli or mushrooms.

A serving spoon and a cassorle dish of baked beans.

Expert Tips for Making This Recipe

  • Add tang: Mustard such as dijon, Apple Cider Vinegar, or bbq sauce.
  • Bacon: Crisp bacon crumbled on top adds even more flavor.
  • Variation tip: Replace the beans with spicy sausage.
  • Alternate cooking method tip: Make these baked beans in the slow cooker or the instant pot the beans come out wonderful and full of tenderness.. To save oven space.

What to Serve with Molasses Baked Beans

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Molasses Baked Beans in a casserole dish.

Molasses Baked Beans

Yield: 6 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 5 minutes
Molasses Baked Beans are that deep, rich sticky bean that always seems to signify summer. These beans are a crowd pleaser at every summer cook out or camping trip.
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Ingredients

  • 1 onion, large, diced
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 4 cans, 14.8 oz each Pork and Beans (I use Campbell’s)
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 6 bacon, strips, diced
  • 1 teaspoon All Purpose Seasoning

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large oven safe pot, heat vegetable oil. When hot, add onion and saute for 3-4 minutes or until softened.
  • Add beans, molasses, ketchup and brown sugar; Stir to combine.
  • Add diced bacon pieces on top.
  • Bake for 1 hour.

Expert Tips

 
  • Add tang: Mustard such as dijon, Apple Cider Vinegar, or bbq sauce.
  • Bacon: Crisp bacon crumbled on top adds even more flavor.
  • Variation tip: Replace the beans with spicy sausage.
  • Alternate cooking method tip: Make these baked beans in the slow cooker or the instant pot the beans come out wonderful and full of tenderness.. To save oven space.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 250kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 340mg | Potassium: 437mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 125IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 2mg
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cook out, easy side dish, summer

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