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Barbecued Lima Beans

Surprise! This lively lima bean dish has the great flavor of old-fashioned baked beans. Sweet and savory, they're a crowd-pleasing addition to picnics and barbecues, say Lois Johnson of South Hill, Virginia.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 1-1/4 hours + standing Bake: 1 hour
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 1 pound dried lima beans
  • 6 cups water
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped onions
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup pancake syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 4 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled


  • Place beans in a large saucepan; add water to cover by 2 in. Bring to a boil; boil for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat; cover and let stand for 1 hour. Drain and rinse beans, discarding water. Return beans to the saucepan. Add 6 cups water, onions and salt; mix well. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1-1/2 to 1-3/4 hours or until beans are tender.
  • Drain and discard liquid. Stir in the ketchup, brown sugar, syrup, hot pepper sauce and bacon. Transfer to an ungreased 2-qt. baking dish or bean pot. Cover and bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake 30 minutes longer or until bubbly.
Nutrition Facts
1/2 cup: 163 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 480mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 3g fiber), 4g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch.

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  • Ellen
    Jul 5, 2019

    Good flavor, but the 2013 description of "mush" is right! Cooked way too long before the oven-baking step. Next time I'll try the overnight soak method for the dry beans, rather than the 2-minute boil and then 1- hour standing. Might also shorten the simmer-with-onions step and check the doneness frequently. Makes such a large amount, wonder if the final result can be frozen in portions.

  • 1lowrider
    Jul 13, 2013

    If you follow this recipe for cooking the beans, you will wind up with unrecognizable mush. Follow the directions on the package of beans instead. I substituted molasses for the the pancake syrup and the dish is still very sweet. Use a baking dish larger than 2 qts. if you don't want it to bubble over the sides. The end result is quite good.

  • pajamaangel
    May 22, 2013

    These were soooo good! My boyfriend had thirds! I love the way the maple syrup brings a sweet taste to these beans.

  • ConnieK
    Jul 6, 2012

    OMG!!! These are the best. I never liked canned baked beans but did like homemade versions at potlucks. The recipe I have for baked beans is definately not low fat/cal. This one is great and even better tasting than the recipe I had been using. I used a reduced sugar pancake syrup and turkey bacon to reduce the fat/cal even more. This is my new go to recipe for baked beans. You do not miss the fat/cal with this one!!!.

  • marianandrichard
    Sep 15, 2009

    I just made these baked barbequed lima beans for dinner and they came out fantastic! Everyone loved it. Thank You!

  • harborsm
    May 3, 2009

    This is absolutely the best baked lima bean recipe! My mom always made this and it brings back enjoyable family get-togethers. As mom always made hers without a receipe, I was delighted to find this again. Jackie Morrone, Gastonia, NC