Main & Side Dishes - BBQ - Smoke and Grill

Southern Skillet Baked Beans

I found this recipe online. Over the years, I've modified it a little but it's easy and it tastes great! It’s a great side dish that has received many compliments. It takes about 1 1/2 hours to make and serves 10-12.


10 bacon slices

1 medium onion, diced

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

5 (15-ounce) cans pork&beans in tomato sauce, drained

1/2 cup ketchup

1/2 cup BBQ sauce

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon dry mustard

1 Tablespoon American Honey Liqueur (or Bourbon) 

1/2 cup sorghum syrup


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 
  • Cut 7 of the bacon strips in half and cook in a large cast-iron skillet over medium-low heat until most of the fat has rendered out but the bacon has not started to brown, about 6 to 8 minutes. Remove from the pan and drain on a layer of paper towels.
  • Dice the remaining 3 bacon strips into 1 inch sections, increase the heat to medium, and cook the diced bacon, stirring often, until browned and crisp, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the onion, salt, and pepper and sauté with bacon for 7 minutes or until tender. Turn heat to low. Add in drained pork&beans and all remaining ingredients. Stir to mix completely and let mixture come to a simmer. Top bean mixture with partially cooked bacon halves. 
  • Place skillet in oven and bake at 350° for 50-60 minutes or until bubbly and bacon on top is crisp. 
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly before serving.

Copyright ©  Mike Perry, 2011