Baked Beans with Smoked Sausage

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The Neely's Baked beans with smoked sausage. This is my very favorite baked bean recipe!

This Baked Beans with Smoked Sausage recipe is my very favorite baked bean recipe. What makes it so special is the slices of smoked sausage. If you’re a fan of having meat in your baked beans, you will love this recipe. It’s like Beanie Weenies, only much better.

The Neely's Baked beans with smoked sausage. This is my very favorite baked bean recipe!


Not only is this recipe flavored with bacon, but the slices of smoked sausage, (I used kielbasa), make it feel like a main dish casserole instead of a side.

And you may like it so much that you want to eat it as a main dish. I think that’s perfectly acceptable.  🙂

The Neely's Baked beans with smoked sausage. This is my very favorite baked bean recipe!


Just like any delicious baked bean recipe, this recipe has plenty of sweetness. A combination of ketchup, molasses, and light brown sugar provides the sweetness. A little apple cider vinegar, mustard, and Tabasco sauce balances the sweetness.

It cooks in the oven in an uncovered Dutch oven until nice and thick, which really concentrates the flavors.

Baked Beans with Smoked Sausage will be the hit of your next cookout, potluck, or picnic.

The Neely's Baked beans with smoked sausage. This is my very favorite baked bean recipe!

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The Neely's Baked beans with smoked sausage. This is my very favorite baked bean recipe!

Baked Beans with Smoked Sausage

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Southern
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 368kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Baked Beans with smoked sausage are super meaty and thick. Lots of sweetness from brown sugar, molasses, and ketchup.
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  • 2 slices bacon, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 pound smoked sausage, sliced, I use kielbasa
  • 3 (16-ounces) cans pork and beans
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce, I use TABASCO


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a Dutch oven, cook bacon until crispy. Remove with a slotted spoon and place on a paper towel-lined plate.
  • Add onion to bacon drippings and cook until soft.
  • Add garlic and smoked sausage and cook until sausage is browned.
  • Stir in remaining ingredients. Bring to a simmer. Place Dutch oven, uncovered, in oven and cook for 45 to 55 minutes, until thick.


Calories: 368kcal

Recipe adapted from: The Neelys’ Celebration Cookbook

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46 thoughts on “Baked Beans with Smoked Sausage

  1. Christin-
    I made this recipe for dinner tonight and all I can say “Wow!” This dish was utterly fantastic! I actually put the bacon into the ingredients at the beginning and the taste was incredible!
    Easy to make, a very delicious dish!
    Folks, you can take this to your church dinner, pot luck, school event, social gathering, whatever, and you WILL get rave reviews!
    Thank you Christin for this outstanding recipe!

  2. Thank you! I made this as a side for my first smoker cook. There could not have been anything better than this to go with the ribs. This was so good.

  3. I make this South West style adding green chilies cumin and chili powder to taste so good

  4. It’s just my husband and I this would be way too much. Can you suggest a way to reduce the recipe without messing it up? It sounds so delicious.

  5. Did steps 1-4 then put everything in crock pot. Also replaced one can of pork and beans with white beans (opened wrong can) but it was delicious! Thanks for the recipe.

    1. I also used a can of white kidney beans. I used hot Italian sausages and topped the whole dish with cut up bacon before putting in the oven. Rave reviews all around and instant requests to make this again.

  6. How do you think this would freeze? I want to serve but have company for 10 days straight and am trying to make ahead as many dishes as possible. Thanks.

      1. Hi !
        I made this last month. It was delicious!! This is now my go to baked beans recipe! I doubled the recipe. So I had plenty leftover. I froze it. Haven’t reheated it yet. Any advice for the future? Would it be better to make it up and freeze it unbaked. Or bake it 1st and then freeze it?

  7. I made this for a barbecue potluck; it was delicious! I received many compliments. Highly recommend this recipe! (Pineapple chunks might be a nice addition as well).

  8. I made this last night. It was fantastic. Thank you for sharing. We added extra sausage to make it out main dish. Yum! Yum!

  9. Great recipe! I didn’t use the vinegar or the molasses simply because I didn’t have any, so I used extra brown sugar. Still wonderful! I did have to cook it 30 minutes longer than recommended.

  10. I want to make this tonight but it’s 80something degrees out! I also don’t own a Dutch oven. You think a pot on the stove would be fine?

      1. I don’t have a Dutch oven. Would I still cook uncovered in the oven for 45-55 minutes if I used a glass 13×9 casserole dish?

  11. Grown up beans and weenies! I’ve fallen in love!! This looks SO delicious. Perfect for a BBQ side or a nice hearty dinner. I MUST try this soon.

  12. I really like taking store bought beans and really decking them out like this. This brings back happy memories of summers gone by. And with the sausage and bacon I could pretty much make this a meal. Just give me a dinner roll on the side. ?

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