Grandma’s Baked Beans

Almost every barbecue has them: the pan of murky-looking baked beans that makes you recoil with your eyes glossed over.

I promise, these are not them.

This baked bean recipe is much-loved by all! It’s one handed down from my Grandma through my aunt and now to me. My Grandma or “Granny” as I fondly called her always used Grandma Brown’s baked beans. Being I couldn’t find Grandma Brown’s beans in my neck of the woods I used the next best thing: Bush’s.

The canned beans are doctored up with a simple sauce made from ketchup, molasses, yellow mustard and onion, then roasted in the oven with thinly sliced bacon over top. If you know just one thing about me it’s that I like to add my mark to every, single thing I make.

My contribution is brown sugar sprinkled over top. It adds an element of sweetness to the smoky bacon that is delectable.

Yes, I just used the word delectable to describe beans! And I don’t regret it. One bit.

Roasted in the oven for a good hour or so allows the sauce to caramelize and thicken so it melts in your mouth in a flurry of sweet, smoky, old-fashioned goodness.

I never knew baked beans could taste so good! Thanks to my Granny. Bless her heart.

Grandma’s Baked Beans

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 60 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Yield: 10-12 servings

Grandma’s Baked Beans

Canned beans are doctored up with a simple sauce made from ketchup, molasses, yellow mustard and onion, then roasted in the oven with thinly sliced bacon over top.


butter, for greasing pan
1 cup organic ketchup
1/4 cup molasses
2 tablespoons yellow mustard
1 large onion, chopped
56 ounces Grandma Brown's or Bush's original Baked Beans
5-6 slices thin cut bacon
3-4 tablespoons brown sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease a 9x13 inch casserole pan.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine ketchup, molasses, mustard and onions, add beans and mix well. Pour into baking dish, arrange bacon slices over top, sprinkle with brown sugar.
  3. Bake 55-60 minutes, remove from oven and allow to set 5-10 minutes before serving.

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  1. says

    My mom always made her baked beans with Grandma. Brown’s and I loved them.  I just bought some brown sugar bacon at the store and i was trying to think what I should make with it – this would be perfect.  Thanks!

  2. says

    I am a HUGE fan of baked beans, but I haven’t found that perfect recipe yet. I’m eager to try this! Thank you for sharing, sweet friend. I hope you had a great start to your week. Much love!

  3. Kim says

    I think beans are always delectable; they’re one of my favorites!  These look all sticky and delicious and I just so happen to have quite a few cans of Bush’s beans in my pantry!  I could make a meal out of these beans and an ear of corn:)

  4. BeadedTail says

    That looks so rich and good!  We like baked beans and have made some with similar ingredients but they were called Settler Beans.  We’ll have to try these too!

    Purrs to Moon!  Hope he got some bacon!

  5. Anonymous says

    boy do those look good. My husband is a huge baked bean fan. I made the mistake of telling him that I made them with molasses and he won’t eat them because he says molasses is digusting….lol I should just make some of these and not tell him what I’m putting in them

  6. says

    Oh my! These look amazing. Love that it uses canned beans…such a great shortcut. You’re right…these are not the beans that make you turn and run!

  7. Tammy says

    I coudn’t think of a more perfect summer side dish than baked beans!  This looks wonderful, Reeni!  You’re getting me in the mood to have a bbq party! :)


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