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Barbecue Beans

"I USED TO make Mama's beans from scratch, just like she did. But, one day when I was pressed for time, I resorted to canned beans and doctored them up a bit. To my surprise, this 'doctored dish' took first place in a contest! Of course, I've been preparing my beans this way ever since!"
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour
  • Makes
    8-10 servings


  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1/2 large onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Dash ground cloves
  • 2 cans (28 ounces each) pork and beans


  • In a large skillet, cook beef with celery, onion and green pepper until meat is no longer pink and vegetables are tender; drain. Stir in the brown sugar, ketchup, ginger and cloves. Stir in beans.
  • Transfer to a 2-1/2-qt. baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 1 to 1-1/2 hours or until beans reach desired thickness.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 178 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 449mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 5g fiber), 9g protein.

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  • mpesci
    Jul 23, 2016

    Can you send me a LOW SODIUM baked bean recipe. My husband is on a LOW SODIUM diet. I need a recipe below 400 mg.

  • lert76
    Feb 11, 2012

    We really enjoy these beans and this is the only baked bean recipe I use. I have made them many, many times since the recipe was printed.