Smoky Beans Recipe
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Smoky Beans Recipe

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These beans are a perfect side dish to almost any meal. Try serving them with your favorite grilled meat! —Pat Turner, Seneca, South Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 45 min.
MAKES:90-95 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 45 min.
MAKES: 90-95 servings


  • 3 pounds sliced bacon, diced
  • 3 medium sweet onions, chopped
  • 6 cans (28 ounces each) baked beans, undrained
  • 6 cans (16 ounces each) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 6 cans (16 ounces each) butter beans, rinsed and drained
  • 4 packages (12 ounces each) miniature smoked sausages, cut in thirds
  • 3 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups ketchup
  • 1-1/2 cups cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground mustard

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 198 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 17mg cholesterol, 628mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 5g fiber), 9g protein.


  1. In a Dutch oven, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Using a slotted spoon, remove to paper towels; drain, reserving 3 tablespoons drippings. Saute onions in reserved drippings until tender.
  2. In a very large bowl, combine the beans, sausage, bacon and onions. Combine the remaining ingredients; stir into bean mixture.
  3. Pour into four greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dishes. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 45-55 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 90-95 servings.
Originally published as Smoky Beans in Taste of Home June/July 1999, p54

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pajamaangel User ID: 1603339 29464
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2014

"The cider vinegar was too strong for me."

sandp User ID: 3166883 49901
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2013

"This is one awesome recipe. Just the right combination of ingredients makes it delicious and simple to make. Every time I take it to a potluck I get at least 3 or 4 requests for the recipe! Love it!"

rawww User ID: 6891197 70994
Reviewed Jun. 2, 2013

"this is a very tasty dish I kept the butter beans out and and i broke it down in half or better myself on the bacon and the cans of beans but most of the spices stayed the same. take a chance on this one everyone that had it is asking me for the recipe."

happyt User ID: 4351415 72942
Reviewed May. 31, 2013

"I divided by six to make a smaller recipe. It turned out very good and I got request for the recipe. I used Northern instead of Butter beans. I will definitely serve again."

kmk1955 User ID: 6482151 20562
Reviewed May. 31, 2013

"I made these for a small family get together, using the reduced serving recipe as provided by a reviewer. They were a hit and reheated nicely. Very good flavor and will make again. Nice change to typical burger versions."

MyaPain User ID: 1439184 49900
Reviewed May. 28, 2013

"i haven't tried this recipe yet but it sounds so good. I have been looking for a good recipe like this. can't wait to try it and thanks to dovecanyon for giving a much smaller version."

jr1849 User ID: 2353762 86736
Reviewed May. 28, 2013

"Haven't made these yet but I plan to using the cut down recipe given below because these sound yummy and my family loves beans. I just wish the food police would stop with their negativity especially when they haven't even MADE them! If a recipe does not meet your exacting nutirtional standards then just move along until you find one that does. No need to criticize the rest of us!"

JanCH User ID: 6677345 33490
Reviewed May. 27, 2013

"Much better the second day. I used the smaller recipe from a reviewer, but I'd suggest using less vinegar."

LauraManning User ID: 968398 26013
Reviewed May. 25, 2013

"What a shame that the only bad reviews are by people who haven't even tried this recipe. Looks like a great recipe...think I'll make it for our next potluck. Notice: I'm not including a rating because I HAVEN'T TRIED IT YET."

shbkyn User ID: 7204661 72262
Reviewed May. 25, 2013

"I would never make this dish because of the sodium content. We are talking seven cans of beans that salty, three lbs of bacon one and a half catsup the nutriiiitional facts cannot be right, oh forgot the sausage, loaded with salt."

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