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Smoky Baked Beans

They’ll be standing in line for this saucy bean recipe, full of campfire flavor. A variation on colorful calico beans, it makes a great side dish with all your cookout favorites. —Lynne German, Cumming, Georgia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Cook: 7 hours
  • Makes
    16 servings


  • 1 pound bulk spicy pork sausage
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 15-oz. cans pork and beans
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (16 ounces) butter beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15-1/2 ounces) navy beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes and green chilies, drained
  • 1/2 cup hickory smoke-flavored barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon steak seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke, optional


  • In a large skillet, cook sausage and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.
  • In a 5-qt. slow cooker, combine the beans, tomatoes and sausage mixture. In a small bowl, combine the barbecue sauce, ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, steak seasoning and Liquid Smoke if desired. Stir into bean mixture.
  • Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours or until heated through.
Editor's Note
This recipe was tested with McCormick’s Montreal Steak Seasoning. Look for it in the spice aisle.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 244 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 896mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 8g fiber), 11g protein.

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  • Susan
    Nov 5, 2019

    I’ve made these beans at least 20 times. They are delish!!!!

  • bicktasw
    May 12, 2019

    My "across-the-street" neighbor, Carolee, made these beans for an outdoor event yesterday. She said she made the recipe exactly and that it was a huge hit...... she also said that there was nothing left for her to bring home. In my book, that's a great sign that this is a wonderful recipe. I gave it 4 stars just because I did not have the opportunity to taste it, but, my neighbor is a very good cook and I trust her opinion. Susan Bickta Volunteer Field Editor

  • Pookie72
    Dec 12, 2017

    This is an awesome recipe! I have made it several times and forgot to leave a review. So easy to prepare and sooooo good, exactly as written, it is perfect! The whole clan loved it and that is not always the easiest thing to do! Thanks Lynne!!

  • Ginette
    Dec 10, 2017

    I made it exactly as it said but added a little more diced tomatoes so it is a little bit saucier. My husband just loves it.

  • edanacashin0321t
    May 24, 2016

    I made this the other day for a Brunch. I did not have the sausage or steak seasoning and did not add the brown sugar. Got RAVE reviews! This is easy and a keeper!

  • jmkasprak
    Jul 20, 2015

    I was pretty happy with the way these beans turned out. I probably added twice the amount of a smoky steak seasoning that I had on hand, and with the liquid smoke, it gave it a good flavor.

  • melbrung
    Feb 24, 2015

    Forgot on my review to 5 star this recipe!! And mother of 3 you ommit the good flavors!!

  • melbrung
    Feb 24, 2015

    Awesome Smokey Baked Beans!! My family loves them!! Once you taste them you will be hooked!!

  • mother of 3
    Jan 13, 2015

    Hubby wasn't really impressed. Something missing he said. I forgot the mustard & steak seasoning. Omitted the sugar & diced tom with chilies, but used Trader Joe's Smoky BBQ sauce; it's very spicy. Think our fellowship would like it immensely.

  • KimberlyBowman
    Jul 17, 2014

    These baked beans are absolutely delish!!! I am always asked to make baked beans for family functions, and I always thought I made really good baked beans until I tried this recipe and realized I had so much room for inmprovement!! I omitted the kidney beans due to personal preference and used Johnsonville Hot Italian Sausage as I couldn't find plain sausage, and the flavors mingled so well it was unbelievable. I got countless compliments on these beans, and cannot wait to make them again!! I highly recommend this recipe - you won't be disappointed. Thanks for sharing this recipe!