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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 turkey or beef
    With Johnsonville Italian Sausage.

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  • 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 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup equals 323 calories, 8 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 28 mg cholesterol, 970 mg sodium, 51 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 14 g 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

Nutritional Facts

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

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Reviewed Jul. 15, 2014

Made this recipe using half the called for sugars. Still way sweet but very tasty indeed. Next try will be with no sugar.

Reviewed Jun. 21, 2014

Since I no longer have sweeth tooth, I only used 2 T brown sugar and no regular sugar. Very good baked beans worthy of 4th of July!

Reviewed Jun. 12, 2014 Edited Jun. 24, 2014

Thanks to the other reviews, I didn't add any sugar. I did add the molasses and the resulting sweet-tangy flavor was perfect. I can't imagine adding a cup of sugar--it would be way too sweet. If you like your beans a little sweeter, just add brown sugar to taste.

Reviewed Jun. 4, 2014

I made these for a cookout, They were a big hit. Made according to recipe except I had .95 pd ground beef so I cooked it all. I will make these again.

Reviewed May. 28, 2014

I purposely prepared these beans without the added brown and white sugar! I used 2 Tbsp. maple syrup, 1/2 tsp. curry powder in place of the chili powder, 1 large Vidalia onion, finely chopped, 1/2 cup EACH BBQ sauce and ketchup, 2 Tbsp. spicy brown mustard, 1 can (16-oz.) Bush's baked beans (vegetarian) and 1 cup prepared Hormel's cooked, crumbled bacon and 1 orange pepper, finely chopped. I mixed the ingredients listed above together in a greased 2-1/2-qt. casserole dish and baked, covered, with foil and vents slit in the foil to allow the steam to escape, at 350o F. for 45 minutes, then I uncovered dish and baked 10 to 15 minutes until heated through. I did omit the ground beef as I didn't have it on hand! I'm rating this dish as a 4 at this time! I recall preparing a couple of baked bean dishes for Taste of Home and if I notice extra sugar, I've worked on scaling back on added sweetening! The review from maryceal was very helpful: mixing the ingredients without sugar or add enough sugar to suit your taste! delowenstein

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