Barbecued Lima Beans

Total Time

Prep: 1-1/4 hours + standing Bake: 1 hour


12 servings

Updated: Oct. 22, 2022
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.


  • 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


  1. 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.
  2. 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.