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Best Ever Cowboy Baked Beans are a delicious, hearty side dish with a western twist. Cowboy Baked Beans are a bit of spice, bit of sweet and a whole LOT of delicious…and BACON! The perfect recipe for your next summer BBQ, picnic, Father’s Day, potluck or game day; you’ll be the talk of the party. 

Everyone says theirs is the “best” and probably even the BEST EVER; I have come to learn that the best ever depends on our personal tastes. So for our family, these are truly, the Best Ever Cowboy Baked Beans.

I hope you will give these baked beans a try and maybe even a tweak them to your families taste. That is afterall, what The Fresh Cooky is ALL about! Oh and BACON! Just saying.

We’ve already established that I’m weird; I don’t like plain ol’ ham & beans, ham hocks & beans (sorry mom), bean soup, navy beans…but BAKED BEANS! Yes ma’am!! Yes please…bring on the baked beans, it’s probably because they are sweeter and have bacon in them and did I mention they are sweet and a bit spicy!?

I’ve had an ancient recipe for baked beans floating around my kitchen for decades, but when my friend at Julia’s Simply Southern featured her Southern Style Baked Beans a few weeks back and I knew I had to dust off my recipe and introduce it to her recipe. Southern girl meet, Western girl!

This recipe starts with canned beans, so the hard work (soaking, picking, cooking) is done for you. I chose B&M baked beans, because they are gluten free and do not have high fructose corn syrup. Julia’s recipe used Van Camps in Tomato sauce, try it with either brand or your own favorite brand. 


My original recipe used a green bell pepper, but (excuse me) green peppers, well, yup (burb). So I went with a yellow bell pepper and bottom line, I think you can use whatever color you’d like, that’s how Cowboy Baked Beans roll people. 


The secret’s in the sauce! 

In a large mixing bowl, I probably should have used larger than a 2 qt mixing bowl, but I managed somehow!

So in said larger mixing bowl, combine all sauce ingredients and whisk well. Remember if making gluten free make sure ketchup, vinegar, mustard, molasses and Worcestershire sauce are all gluten free. 

Open can(s) of beans (I still occasionally use an electric can opener) and pour beans over sauce, no draining, you want all those delectable juices. 

Toss in diced onion and bell pepper. I added about a half of a 15 oz can of tomato sauce. Stir to combine. Freeze the other half of the tomato sauce and use in Spanish Rice (or Mexican Rice), sometime when you are not making baked beans. 

Preheat oven to 350°F. Pour baked beans into a casserole dish, I used my trusty Pyrex casserole dish because it fits into my trusty Pyrex carrier and I was taking these beans to a BBQ at a friends house. But roughly any 9 x 13 casserole dish would work just fine, if you have a 12″ or larger cast iron skillet try that or go one better and try a nice hefty cast iron dutch oven! I bet you could even cook these over a campfire!!

Here is where it gets fun or good or AMAZING! Dice a 1/2 lb of bacon into small (bite-ish sized) pieces and toss onto the top of the beans. No need to make it pretty, but spread it out so that bacon gets crispy…cause I don’t like limp bacon!

That’s it, bake (uncovered) for 1 1/2 – 2 hours — until the beans are a bubblin‘ and the bacon is crispy. At the end of the baking process, placed mine under the broiler, on the middle rack, for about 3 minutes to really crisp the bacon!


Stir it all together or leave that showy, crisp bacon on top! Now get out there, and make up these amazing beans for Father’s Day, Memorial Day, July 4th or any BBQ, potluck, picnic or game day that calls for crazy good, Best Ever Cowboy Baked Beans.


If you need to prep your beans the night before or morning of your event, simply prep your beans as directly, only hold off on putting the bacon on until just prior to baking. When ready to bake, remove from fridge and let sit on counter for 1 hour, add your diced bacon while preheating your oven and bake as directed.

Do not freeze unbaked beans, changes the texture and taste, but if you must freeze them; bake them first, cool them and then freeze them (see below)

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I reheated these in this cast iron oval baking dish the next day for dinner. They were!


Cowboy Baked Beans keep well as leftovers (if you have any), but unless you plan on eating them within a few days it’s best to freeze them in dinner sized portions! So yes, you can freeze baked beans. 

Allow them to cool completely, place them in a BPA Free freezer container. Careful to leave about 1/2 – 3/4 inch of room at the top for expansion when frozen. Baked Beans are good up to 6 months frozen. Thaw overnight in fridge, transfer to oven safe baking dish and reheat in 250-300°F oven until bubbly (about 30-45 minutes) or toss in crockpot on low until warmed. 

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Yield: 16-20 servings

Best Ever Cowboy Baked Beans

Best Ever Cowboy Baked Beans

BEST EVER Cowboy Baked Beans are the perfect hearty side dish for your summer BBQ, Father's Day, Picnic or July 4th celebration!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes


For the Beans


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large mixing bowl, add all of the sauce ingredients and stir to combine, whisking if needed.
  2. Add pork and beans (undrained), tomato sauce, and diced onion and bell pepper. Using a large spoon or spatula stir to combine beans with sauce.
  3. Pour into casserole baking dish or cast iron skillet or dutch oven. Bake uncovered for 1 1/2 - 2 hours until bubbly and bacon is crispy. If crisper bacon is desired, with beans on middle rack, broil for 2-3 minutes until desired crispness is reached. Allow to rest for 10 minutes and serve warm.
  4. Baked beans can be made ahead of time, refrigerate. Remove from fridge for 1 hour prior to baking, bake as directed.
  5. Baked beans may be frozen, but only after they've been baked. Cool completely and transfer to freezer storage container. Beans are good up 7 days refrigerated; 6 months frozen.



Be sure your beans (B&M are GF), Ketchup and all condiments are gluten free)

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1/2 cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 189Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 805mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 5gSugar: 11gProtein: 7g

The nutritional information is estimated and may not be entirely accurate, at times it pulls information for suggestions and options which may increase calories, etc. Nutritional information will change based on used ingredients, quantities used, etc.

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Summer Yule

Monday 7th of September 2020

The perfect baked bean to enjoy with burgers! Thanks for the delicious recipe, we all liked it!


Tuesday 8th of September 2020

Thanks so much Summer, love hearing this! Appreciate the kind comment, have a great week!


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Miz Helen

Saturday 31st of August 2019

This is a delicious recipe and worth trying! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday,447 this week. Hope you have a great Labor Day Weekend and come back to see us real soon! Miz Helen

Miz Helen

Wednesday 12th of June 2019

Your Cowboy Baked Beans truly will be the best ever and the recipe is just in time for the season! Thank so much for sharing this awesome recipe with us at Full Plate Thursday! Miz Helen


Wednesday 12th of June 2019

You are such a pleasure Miz Helen. Thank you!!

Tasia ~ TwoSugarBugs

Saturday 8th of June 2019

Hahaha Kathleen! You and I share so many "weirdnesses", but not this one. I LOVE beans and this recipe looks INSANE!! I'm going to have to try it and see if I can lure the SugarBugs to eating beans too....


Saturday 8th of June 2019

I love many beans too, guess just not so much a navy or white bean fan!! And thank you Tasia!!! This might be the recipe to try on your SugarBugs!

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