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bbq crock pot beans

(3 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Gloria Bernal
Murrieta, CA

The perfect summer recipe for picnics, reunions or summer parties. I'm always asked for the recipe, men especially love these. I always double this recipe as it goes fast. These can be made in a Crock Pot slowly, or if time is a factor, on the stove, in about 1-1/2 hrs. Use a heavy dutch oven type pan. Note: do not eliminate the instant coffee or liquid smoke. They are essential to the rich taste of these beans.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

We love the meat that was added to these slow cooker beans. The ground beef along with red beans make these beans very hearty. These are sweet, without being overly sweet, and have a slight tang. Crumbled bacon on top adds the perfect amount of savoriness. Serve these at your next BBQ for a fuss-free side dish.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(3 ratings)
yield 8 -10
prep time 30 Min
cook time 6 Hr
method Slow Cooker Crock Pot

Ingredients For bbq crock pot beans

  • 1 lb
    ground beef
  • 1 md
    diced onion
  • 1 can
    red beans - or kidney (15 oz size)
  • 2 can
    pork n beans (15 oz) or one large can
  • 1/2 c
  • 1/4 c
    prepared mustard
  • 2/3 c
    brown sugar (light or dark)
  • 2 Tbsp
    instant coffee granules
  • 1 Tbsp
    liquid smoke
  • 6 slice
    cooked bacon, crumbled for topping

How To Make bbq crock pot beans

  • Browning ground beef and onion.
    In a large frying pan, brown ground beef and onion; drain.
  • Remaining ingredients added to the slow cooker.
    In a large Crock Pot assemble remaining ingredients, except optional bacon.
  • Stirring the ingredients together.
    Stir well.
  • Ground beef and onion added to the slow cooker.
    Add drained meat/onion mixture.
  • Beans cooking in the slow cooker.
    Cook on low 7-8 hours. The mixture will thicken as it cools. The longer you cook, the thicker the consistency. If cooking on stove-top, cover after bringing it to a bubbling simmer, set flame to low and cook about 1-1/2 hours.
  • Cooked and crumbled bacon on a paper towel.
    Cook and crumble the bacon.
  • Crumbled bacon on top of the beans.
    I keep this on low in a Crock Pot, crumbling the bacon on top just before serving.