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Slow Cooker Bourbon Baked Beans

No need to heat up the kitchen in any way, shape, or form for your summertime BBQ. With this Slow Cooker Bourbon BBQ Baked Beans recipe, you can let your beans simmer away on the low heat setting in your crockpot all morning.

BBQ Baked Beans in a small cast iron skillet.

And by afternoon they will turn into a delicious sweet and tangy crockpot full of  beans to go with whatever you cook on the grill. This recipe is so easy and it is one of my favorite ways to make baked beans.

Baked beans in a slow cooker being scooped up with a wooden spoon.


These Slow Cooker Bourbon Baked Beans have all of the requisite baked bean flavors: brown sugar, molasses, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, onion, and bacon. A splash of bourbon kicks the flavor up even more. If you like your beans thick, at the end of cooking time remove the lid, turn your crockpot to high and let them cook for about 20 to 30 minutes. If you feel like your crockpot doesn’t get hot enough on High, put them in a 350° oven for 20 minutes or so.

Slow Cooker Bourbon Baked Beans in a black slow cooker.


You can use any mixture of beans- kidney beans, pinto, black beans or even garbanzo beans.

Spoonful of Slow Cooker Bourbon Baked Beans.



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Slow Cooker Bourbon BBQ Baked Beans

Slow Cooker Bourbon Baked Beans


  • 6 pieces of bacon
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 3 (15-ounce) cans undrained pork and beans
  • 1 (15-ounce) can Northern Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15-ounce) can Navy beans, drained and rinsed
  • ¾ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • ¼ cup bourbon
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  • Cook bacon in a nonstick skillet. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate. Discard all but 1 tablespoon of bacon fat from the skillet. Saute onion in the bacon fat for 3-4 minutes.
  • Place onions and all other ingredients, except bacon, in a 6-quart crockpot. Stir well, cover, and cook on low for 4 hours.
  • Remove top, turn heat to high and cook 20 minutes to thicken some. Stir in bacon.
Course: Slow Cooker

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No need to heat up the kitchen in any way, shape, or form for your summertime BBQ. With this Slow Cooker Bourbon BBQ Baked Beans recipe, you can let your beans simmer away on the low heat setting in your crockpot all morning.

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36 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Bourbon Baked Beans”

  1. This recipe was easy to follow and the crockpot does all the work. The beans came out thick and dark and delicious. My new go to recipe for baked beans!

  2. Julie Galante

    Made these beans today per the recipe and they turned out amazing. This will definitely be my go to for many BBQ’s to come. Thank You.

  3. kelly marquardt

    I loved this recipe. I stopped making baked beans because I couldn’t get the right combination of flavors. I made these and my husband said I can start making baked beans again. I even am going to can my own baked beans. We do a lot of camping and bring our own food. I did not use the can of pork and beans I just made more sauces. Thanks for a great recipe.

  4. In the crackpot now. Didn’t have any mustard, hopefully it doesn’t make a huge difference?

    1. If you are worried about alcohol, it cooks out. In a specialty grocery store you can find “cooking Bourbon”. It is usually near the vinegar or steak sauce.

  5. Can I make a few subs for the cans of pork and beans? I like making my own because the ingredient list on those is abysmal.

  6. Ari @ Ari's Menu

    I looooove baked beans. They are one of those treats that I rarely eat unless I’m at a bbq, but dang girl–I want to get into the kitchen and whip up a batch right this second!

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      I hardly ever eat baked beans unless I’m at a bbq either, but every now and then I get a hankering to make some!

      1. I’ve seen that several others have asked about the serving size. I didn’t see a answer, so could you please let me know how many servings in this dish?
        My husband’s company picnic is this weekend and I would like to take these beans.

  7. Since I missed this for Memorial Day, I will make it for Father’s Day. My Dad would love this. Me too!

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      Great Father’s Day recipe! Can you believe Father’s Day is almost here? This year is flying by!

  8. Irina @ wandercrush

    Here in the UK they’re obsessed with their canned Heinz beans for breakfast… that’s just one British custom that I can’t find myself ever conforming to. This looks 100% more appetising and representative of what baked beans should be! I find maple syrup to be an amazing addition, too 🙂

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      Yes, those canned beans they like in the UK don’t seem to have much flavor. Maple syrup would be amazing! I actually like it more than molasses.

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