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. Kate says

    I am smiling…my mom made beans very, very similar to these.  I loved them.  I am going to try the addition of brown sugar the next time I make them.  Great dish!!

  2. says

    Oh mia cara, queti fagioli hanno un aspetto fantastico. Quella cucchiaiata finale è tutta da mangiare!!!Un abbraccio 😉

  3. Jeannie says

    This reminds me I have forgotten to keep my half can of baked beans this morning! I left it on the countertop and totally forgotten about it! Your beans looks so delicious, the bacon must have added loads of flavor to this dish!

  4. Kitchenflavours says

    This looks so hearty and delicious! Grandmas are special, aren’t they! Have a lovely week, Reeni!

  5. Pegauslegend24 says

    All I can say is this post got me home sick to visit NY. I grew up on Grandma Browns baked beans. They dont sell them in Florida or ship, last time I packed them in my suitcase it cost me alot my suitcase was so heavy! . I love those beans and miss them I can tell you have adapted them wonderfully! OMG I wish I could have some! Great memories!

  6. says

    Reeni, your Grandma’s recipe looks delicious. I have a long time I do not eat these beans. Your recipe seems excellent, so I’ll give it a try.

    Have a wonderful week :)

  7. Catherine says

    Dear Reeni, You can never go wrong with a recipe that has been handed down over the years. This is a classic. Blessings, Catherine xo

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