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Slow-Cooked Pork & Beans

Bacon adds subtle smokiness to this hearty side dish that’s loaded with flavor. Brown sugar, vinegar and a hint of molasses make the sauce irresistible! —Sue Livermore, Detroit Lakes, Minnesota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Cook: 6 hours
  • Makes
    12 servings (3/4 cup each)


  • 1 package (1 pound) sliced bacon, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) pork and beans, undrained
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (16 ounces) butter beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15-1/4 ounces) lima beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard


  • In a large skillet, cook bacon and onion over medium heat until bacon is crisp. Remove to paper towels to drain.
  • In a 4-qt. slow cooker, combine the remaining ingredients; stir in bacon mixture. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until heated through.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 319 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 802mg sodium, 54g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 9g fiber), 14g protein.

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  • Gramma Amy
    Jun 9, 2017

    I have enjoyed using this recipe for years. Although it is good as printed, I have made some changes to accommodate our desire for more meaty tomato flavor: Added 1/2 pound Sweet Italian sausage or ground beef, 1/2 Cup ketchup, increase mustard to 1 tsp, and added an additional can of pork and beans. So tasty.

  • jmkasprak
    Jul 7, 2014

    While I loved the mix of beans, this recipe had way too much vinegar for me.

  • pajamaangel
    Dec 22, 2013

    These beans had a fairly good flavor to them though I am not a lover of vinegar and forgot to adjust that to my taste and followed the recipe exactly; therefore, I didn't enjoy them that much. I also only have an 8 qt. crock pot and by the time my ribs were done on the grill, the beans were dried out. I'll try this again making the adjustment in both flavor and time.

  • voodoowitch
    May 13, 2013

    My aunt made these for Christmas and my husband loved them so I made them for Mother's Day and everyone loved them. They are a little on the sweet side for me but I'm fussy that way. So quick to throw together.

  • marjan
    Sep 8, 2012

    These beans are so good every one wants the recipe. I made thes several time ,this is a keeper. Maryjayne

  • amybecca
    Jun 24, 2012

    This very simple slow cooker recipe makes the most delicious pork and beans. Make it for a crowd, or you will be eating leftovers for a week, but it is SO GOOD.

  • jennyd1017
    Apr 6, 2011

    so easy & delicious! sweet, tangy & smoky. I've made it a couple of times now. People always ask for the recipie. It's usually better the next day, so you might want to make it ahead of time & reheat it.

  • margehartman
    Jul 31, 2010

    These beans are WONDERFUL! Make the just exactly like the recipe tells you. I take these to church potlucks and they are scrapping the bottom of the pot for every last drop.

  • maryteen
    Jun 3, 2010

    Made this recipe and took it to a church luncheon this passed Wednesday. Everyone thought it was wonderful. While it was cooking my son thought it was a good smelling dish, wishing some would come home for his taste test. (enough for one bowl did return for him)Would still be good without all that bacon.

  • dorasue57
    Jun 1, 2010

    I would for sure make this again BUT I added ground chuck to it also!!! Everyone loved it...