Best Baked Beans Ever – Great Potluck Recipe

Years ago, we attended a family BBQ for all our preschool kids.   Michelle was our host and she made the most delicious baked beans ever.   I only knew of the kind that came out of a can…sad but true!  Hers are simple and probably considered “doctored up” baked beans.  I don’t really care what you call them, all I know is they are delicious!

I modified the baked beans this last week while making them for Easter.   I am on an “eat healthier” kick so I lightened up the recipe and they were delicious.  The only thing we gave up was extra calories.

Here is the recipe.  I will share how I made it and the original recipe.

Best Baked Beans Ever – Great Potluck Recipe

Best Baked Beans Ever – Great Potluck Recipe


  • 1 16 oz. can kidney beans (drain and rinsed)
  • 1 16 oz. can cannellini beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 16 oz. can pinto beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 2 28 oz. cans pork and beans (1 drained, 1 undrained)
  • 1 pound turkey bacon (or regular bacon) cut into bite size pieces
  • 1/2 cup Splenda brown sugar (or 1 cup brown sugar)
  • 1 large onion (diced into small pieces)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard


  1. Brown turkey bacon in a large skillet, do not drain.
  2. Once browned, add diced onion and cook until translucent.
  3. Add beans.
  4. Now add brown sugar, garlic powder, mustard and vinegar.
  5. Add a couple tablespoons of brown sugar if you desire.
  6. Transfer to crockpot or large casserole dish and heat/bake for 60-75 minutes.

All I can say is “YUM!”  I will be making this again soon!  Enjoy!


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  1. Char W says

    This looks very yummy! Our youngest likes beans a lot more than our oldest. I think it would be great for a potluck and I would definitely add the brown sugar to give it a little bit of sweetness. I might make a smaller batch with some hot sauce to make it spicier too, as DH likes things spicy.

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