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Smoky Beans

These beans are a perfect side dish to almost any meal. Try serving them with your favorite grilled meat! —Pat Turner, Seneca, South Carolina
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 45 min.
  • Makes
    90-95 servings


  • 3 pounds sliced bacon, diced
  • 3 medium sweet onions, chopped
  • 6 cans (28 ounces each) baked beans, undrained
  • 6 cans (16 ounces each) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 6 cans (16 ounces each) butter beans, rinsed and drained
  • 4 packages (12 ounces each) miniature smoked sausages, cut in thirds
  • 3 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups ketchup
  • 1-1/2 cups cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground mustard


  • In a Dutch oven, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Using a slotted spoon, remove to paper towels; drain, reserving 3 tablespoons drippings. Saute onions in reserved drippings until tender.
  • In a very large bowl, combine the beans, sausages, bacon and onions. Combine the remaining ingredients; stir into bean mixture.
  • Pour into four greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dishes. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 45-55 minutes or until heated through.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 198 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 17mg cholesterol, 628mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 5g fiber), 9g protein.

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  • pajamaangel
    Mar 16, 2014

    The cider vinegar was too strong for me.

  • sandp
    Aug 18, 2013

    This is one awesome recipe. Just the right combination of ingredients makes it delicious and simple to make. Every time I take it to a potluck I get at least 3 or 4 requests for the recipe! Love it!

  • rawww
    Jun 2, 2013

    this is a very tasty dish I kept the butter beans out and and i broke it down in half or better myself on the bacon and the cans of beans but most of the spices stayed the same. take a chance on this one everyone that had it is asking me for the recipe.

  • happyt
    May 31, 2013

    I divided by six to make a smaller recipe. It turned out very good and I got request for the recipe. I used Northern instead of Butter beans. I will definitely serve again.

  • kmk1955
    May 31, 2013

    I made these for a small family get together, using the reduced serving recipe as provided by a reviewer. They were a hit and reheated nicely. Very good flavor and will make again. Nice change to typical burger versions.

  • MyaPain
    May 28, 2013

    i haven't tried this recipe yet but it sounds so good. I have been looking for a good recipe like this. can't wait to try it and thanks to dovecanyon for giving a much smaller version.

  • jr1849
    May 28, 2013

    Haven't made these yet but I plan to using the cut down recipe given below because these sound yummy and my family loves beans. I just wish the food police would stop with their negativity especially when they haven't even MADE them! If a recipe does not meet your exacting nutirtional standards then just move along until you find one that does. No need to criticize the rest of us!

  • JanCH
    May 27, 2013

    Much better the second day. I used the smaller recipe from a reviewer, but I'd suggest using less vinegar.

  • LauraManning
    May 25, 2013

    What a shame that the only bad reviews are by people who haven't even tried this recipe. Looks like a great recipe...think I'll make it for our next potluck. Notice: I'm not including a rating because I HAVEN'T TRIED IT YET.

  • shbkyn
    May 25, 2013

    I would never make this dish because of the sodium content. We are talking seven cans of beans that salty, three lbs of bacon one and a half catsup the nutriiiitional facts cannot be right, oh forgot the sausage, loaded with salt.