Homemade Baked Beans

homemade baked beans

These delicious homemade baked beans are sweet, savory, smoky and the perfect side dish for all of your summer BBQs! Includes instructions for both dried and canned beans (vegetarian and gluten-free options).




  1. Place beans in a large bowl and cover with 2-3 inches of water. Allow beans to soak overnight. Drain beans and place in a large pot or Dutch oven. Cover with about 2 inches of fresh water. Add salt and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 1 hour.
  2. Heat oven to 375°F.
  3. Drain beans, reserving cooking liquid. Add beans back to the Dutch oven with remaining ingredients and about 1 cup of reserved cooking liquid. Stir to combine. Cover and bake 1 hour. (You can also pour the mixture into a 13×9″ casserole dish and cover with foil.)
  4. Remove lid or foil and bake an additional 30-40 minutes, or until beans are tender. You may need to add more cooking liquid if beans appear dry.
  5. Remove bay leaf (and ham hock, if using) before serving.


To make the recipe with canned beans:

*For vegetarian version, omit bacon or ham hock, and make sure your Worcestershire sauce is vegetarian.

* For gluten-free, make sure Worcestershire sauce is gluten-free.

Keywords: beans, BBQ, side dish

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