Fourth of July Baked Beans Recipe
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Fourth of July Baked Beans Recipe

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We always choose this family recipe for July Fourth or any picnic because it's a meaty twist on everyday baked beans and it has a nice sweetness. —Wendy Hodorowski, Bellaire, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 55 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 55 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 cans (13.7 ounces each) beans with tomato sauce
  • 1/2 pound Jones Dairy Farm Dry-Aged Bacon strips, cooked and crumbled

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 323 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 970mg sodium, 51g carbohydrate (41g sugars, 4g fiber), 14g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat 6-8 minutes or until beef is no longer pink, breaking up beef into crumbles; drain. Stir in sugars, ketchup, barbecue sauce, mustard, molasses and chili powder. Add beans and bacon.
  2. Transfer to a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Bake, covered, 45 minutes. Bake, uncovered, 10-15 minutes longer or until heated through. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Fourth of July Baked Beans in Taste of Home June/July 2014

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justmbeth User ID: 1196484 255735
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2016

"Good, solid baked beans. All loved them! Not just for the 4th."

landbd User ID: 8626217 249838
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2016

"Remove all the ads between the recipe and print key or remove me from the list!!"

havingfunwithmyfamily User ID: 7043692 245118
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2016

"This was absolutely amazing. I used 30 oz. of pinto beans for the beans and didn't drain them. The dish was a big hit with the whole family!"

ppolen User ID: 1614953 229306
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2015

"Delicious! We halved it, & used Splenda brown sugar blend."

lcheeney User ID: 8438118 229019
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2015

"This was delicious. I brought it to the family 4th of July get-together and there wasnt a morsel left. Many compliments. Thanks for sharing this"

toots5700 User ID: 8225386 228985
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2015

"easy peasy and mmmgood"

tsuop User ID: 6274346 228893
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2015

"I eliminated the meat, to make this a side dish. Also eliminated the white sugar. The result was YUMMY!!! Thanks for the inspiration."

cookieface User ID: 1279273 228892
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2015

"This is a family favorite. It is an often requested dish for potlucks. I only use the brown sugar, no white and the sweetness is perfect."

adoptsalot User ID: 6980788 228594
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2015

"I doubled the recipe and skipped the white sugar. I put everything in the crock pot, then added the cooked and drained meat, stirred and let it go overnight. Yummy.

I'm going to make again using leftover pork shoulder from BBQ."

half_pint User ID: 2652510 227968
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2015

"My family really enjoyed these beans. Really sweet and tangy, but the chili powder gave them a bit of unexpected kick that makes them different from every day baked beans. I will definitely make these again."

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