Brown Sugar and Turkey Bacon Baked Beans

Flip it!

We made these in a hurry for a youth/ adult pool party at church…. no onions or green pepper in my frig but made them anyway…. also had no vinegar and no dry mustard so just added a sm T of mustard…. layered cooked bacon on top and only baked 45 min because they were hot off the stove when I put them in the baking dish….. they cleaned them out and ate EVERY BEAN!!! I also doubled the recipe…. a real hit for us from now on!!!!!

I got so excited when I saw this…then I was deflated when I saw it has pork and beans because we don’t have them here in Australia! Oh boo hoo, I’m so bummed. I am guessing the sauce it comes in is key to the overall flavour of this? PS Love that overhead pic, it made me want to do a faceplant! 🙂

Jackie’s description of her recipe is perfect: “A quick and easy way to dress up ordinary pork and beans. The measurements are estimates, but really you can adjust anything to personal taste.” I couldn’t have said it better myself. Other than reducing the brown sugar by half, I stuck to the recipe. As hubby said, “they were wonderful.” And I say this was a big payoff for very little effort using ingredients right off the pantry shelf!

Wow! So easy and yet so good! This reminds me of the way my Grandma Helen used to make baked beans for every summer picnic. Other than cutting back on the ketchup and adding a bit of molasses and liquid smoke I wouldn’t change a thing. This definitely is a great way to take a regular ‘ol can of baked beans and turn them into something special without a lot of effort!


10 slices Turkey bacon halved
1 yellow onion finely diced
1/2 green bell pepper finely diced
54 oz can pork and beans or equivalent number of smaller cans
4 Tbsp ketchup
1/4 cup molasses
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup cider vinegar
2 tsp dry mustard


Cook bacon about half way through (in whichever way you want), and set aside to drain on a paper towel.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees and set rack to the lower-middle rack position.
In a deep skillet, heat about 2 Tbsp of bacon grease (or butter) over MED heat. Add diced onion and green pepper and saute about 5 minutes, until softened.
Add remaining ingredients and stir to combine well. Let mixture simmer for a minute or so.
While the mixture is simmering, grease a 13×9 baking dish.
Pour beans into the prepared baking dish and lay cooked bacon on top of the beans.
Bake for 2-3 hours, depending on your desired consistency.
Let the beans stand for 5 minutes before serving.