Slow Cooker Honey Baked Beans {and Maple Variation}

slow cooker honey baked beansI love  making slow cooker baked beans! It’s an easy way to have flavorful beans ready for any party, BBQ, or even a simple family meal. And of course this recipe calls for homemade honey-sweetened ketchup and just a bit more honey (or maple syrup, for the Maple Baked Beans variation), so you know it’s going to be better than any canned stuff.

We like our beans a little dryer (I just don’t like a ton of bean juice oozing over the whole plate!), but if you’d like yours juicier, it’s simple to add a bit more liquid in the form of water or broth.

baked beans in ramekin

I hope you make these to enjoy at your next get-together – I think you’ll love them, and how easy they are – just load all the ingredients in the pot, stir, and turn the cooker on. Using a slow cooker means no hot ovens or worrying about enough space on the stove, plus I find they’re easier to transport, too!

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Slow Cooker Honey Baked Beans {with a Maple Variation}

  • 7-8 c. cooked beans (from the freezer or about 5 cans, drained)
  • 1 c. easy homemade honey-sweetened ketchup
  • 1 sm. onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1/4 c. chicken broth or water (increase to 1/2 c. -or more- for juicier beans)
  • 3 Tb. honey (or maple syrup for ‘Maple Baked Beans’)
  • 1-2 Tb. Dijon mustard, as desired
  • 1 tsp. salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper, or to taste
  • Dash of Worcestershire sauce
  1. Mix all ingredients in the bowl of a slow cooker (alternately, you can cook the bacon first and saute the onions and garlic in the bacon fat if you think it will impact the flavor a lot – I usually don’t bother).
  2. Cook on low 4-6 hours or on high for 3 hours.

Serves 10-12 as a side dish

 

Comments

  1. adrienne stewart says

    Hi Jami…I think it was on your website..you shared a picture of a vintage framed heart with burlap and make of glue-gunned pearls..do you remember it ?? If so would you help me find it ? Had a wonderful time last Friday nite at your mom’s Shady Oaks…it was such a lovely evening and a great event. I bought your mom’s Mailbox planter…I Love it !! Thanks for all you do !!!!

    • says

      Hey, Adrienne! I think you’ve mistaken me for another blogger. :) I don’t have a mom at Shady Oaks and no pearl and burlap hearts…

  2. Mirinda says

    Any ideas for what to add to these for a low meat meal? I love baked beans but they are too much for me with bbq.

    • says

      I’m not sure what you are asking, Mirinda – do you mean what to serve with them? Or you want to add meat to them, kinda like cowboy beans?

        • says

          Oh, I see, Mirinda! I know a lot of people who like a main dish of beans – and they do have bacon in them, too – so I would serve with a couple of side salads and some crusty artisan bread. It would make a fine meal.

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