World’s Best Baked Beans

World’s Best Baked Beans will be the last recipe you will ever make!  These easy baked beans are the perfect side to a potluck and a tried and true family recipe!  

World’s Best Baked Beans

THIS recipe my friends is a family tried and true favorite.  And guess what?  It has been on the blog since the very beginning.  If you want a good laugh at the iPhone photo I took of it, click here.  Needless to say, the picture needed a major update.  My in laws introduced me to this recipe 14 years ago!  And guess what?  I have yet to try one that can beat it.  It was adapted from the Lion House Cookbook, and people beg me to bring the beans to every gathering that we have.

What makes these the best baked beans?

Well for starters, the bacon.  It has a pound of bacon inside of these amazing baked beans.  It is also perfectly sweet with the brown sugar added, and they are thick and rich.  I also love these baked beans because not a lof of ingredients are required, and they turn out perfect every single time!

How do you make baked beans from scratch?

  • Start by frying your bacon in a medium sized skillet over medium high heat.  Once the bacon is cooked, remove with a slotted spoon and set on a plate.  Remove most of the bacon grease, but leaving some to fry your onion and green pepper.
  • Fry your onion and green pepper until tender.  Combine bacon, green pepper, onion, pork and beans, ketchup, brown sugar, and worchestershire sauce in a 9×13 inch pan.

How long do you bake beans in the oven?

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Cover with foil and bake for one hour until the beans thicken up and a nice crust forms on top.

How do you make baked beans in a slow cooker?

Follow the steps in the recipe and add them to the slow cooker at the end.  Keep on low heat for 4-6 hours or until desired consistency.

Can I make this recipe on the stovetop?

Absolutely.  Add ingredients to a large dutch oven and cover and simmer for an hour.

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World's Best Baked Beans

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
World's Best Baked Beans will be the last recipe you will ever make! These easy homemade baked beans are the perfect side to a potluck and a tried and true family recipe!


  • 1 pound bacon
  • 1 green pepper diced
  • 1 onion diced
  • 4 15 ounce cans pork and beans
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbs Worcestershire Sauce


  1. Fry up the bacon and crumble in pieces. Cut up the green pepper and onion and cook in the bacon grease until soft. Combine all ingredients together. Let simmer in pan on low for at least an hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Fry up the bacon and crumble in pieces. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and discard some grease. Add the green pepper and onion and fry until tender.
  3. Combine bacon, green pepper, and onion, pork and beans, ketchup, brown sugar, and Worcestershire sauce in a 9x13 inch pan. Bake covered for 1 hour. You can also simmer in a large pot on the stove for 1 hour.
Nutrition Facts
World's Best Baked Beans
Amount Per Serving
Calories 3077 Calories from Fat 1629
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 181g 278%
Saturated Fat 61g 305%
Cholesterol 299mg 100%
Sodium 5416mg 226%
Potassium 2452mg 70%
Total Carbohydrates 304g 101%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 275g
Protein 63g 126%
Vitamin A 36.8%
Vitamin C 140.5%
Calcium 29.9%
Iron 33%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. This is very similar to what my grandmother used to do – she might not have bothered with adding onions and green peppers. The best baked beans I’ve ever gotten at a restaurant are from a Bar-B-Que place that adds diced smoked brisket rather than bacon (although they may put in bacon also – I always ate them too fast to notice). Thanks for bringing back memories!

  2. The baked beans are almost like mine yours sound great , I like adding a little mustard all other ingredients are the same ,and yes they are the best baked beans anywhere you have a fantastic blog I got your ebook going to work on some recipes this week .Thanks so much

    1. You make mention of Bush’s Baked Beans.If you don’t like the pork then I would guess that you are making reference to Bush’s Vegan Baked Beans. However, I hope that you realize that the flavor of any meat comes from the fat it contains. Otherwise, it will be like eating paper unless you add outside flavor..

    2. The absolute BEST canned baked beans are by B&M.Tons of flavor, great quality beans and NO “mystery pork bits”. Use this recipe, but be sure to buy B&M Baked beans for your base. I always add a tablespoon of dark molasses too. Or you could use a meaty ham hock instead of bacon. I even add a diced apple now and then. So many ways to enjoy baked beans!

  3. This recipe sounds like my mom’s baked bean recipe and hers spoiled me for any other baked beans. I will try it and see if it truly measures up (which I really expect it will). I will let you know how it turns out. Thanks.

  4. These Baked Beans are the best that I had! Even better than my mom’s baked beans!!!! Thank you for the recipe. This will be our tried and true go-to recipe any time of year! Not too sweet not to sour, they are just right. Oh and don’t question the pound of bacon. I thought it was going to be too much but it wasn’t . Thank you again Alyssa!

  5. Can I prep this the day before and bake it the next day? We are having guests and I’d like to get as much done the day prior so it’s just ready to pop in the oven! Thank you!

  6. We have made this recipe several times and love it each time. I use three cans of bush beans and two cans of bean medley and keep the rest of the recipe the same. I put them in a large cast iron pot and cook them on our Traeger smoker bbq (with the lid off and stirring every so often) for about an hour. Love the flavour. Will make again and again! Thank you for this recipe!

  7. I do something like this but use light brown sugar no pork and beans. that pork is to much of a mystery. low sodium anything else. Turkey bacon instead. I got to at least try to stay healthy.

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