Applewood Smoked Bacon and Maple Calico Beans

Deb Lund


This is one of those great sides that everyone seems to love even if they are not fans of baked beans. The smokiness of the applewood smoked bacon combined with the maple syrup is delicious. I use Nueske's bacon and Bush's Homestyle baked beans.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

This baked beans recipe is fabulous. Thanks to the maple syrup and applewood bacon, you have a fantastic smokey/sweet flavor combination. I love that you can make this baked bean recipe in the slow cooker or bake them - it's super easy. These will be a hit with everyone! The Test Kitchen


★★★★★ 2 votes

40 Min
4 Hr
Slow Cooker Crock Pot


Add to Grocery List

  • 20oz can(s)
    baked beans
  • 15 oz can(s)
    great northern white beans
  • 15 oz can(s)
    black beans
  • 15 oz can(s)
    garbanzos, cooked
  • 15 oz can(s)
    dark red kidney beans
  • 15 oz can(s)
    pinto beans
  • 1 1/2 lb
    applewood smoked bacon
  • 1 c
    chopped onion
  • 3/4 c
    brown sugar
  • 1 tsp
    dry mustard
  • 1 c
  • 2 Tbsp
    apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 c
    barbeque sauce
  • 1/3 c
    real maple syrup

How to Make Applewood Smoked Bacon and Maple Calico Beans


  1. Empty baked beans into slow cooker.
  2. Open all the rest of the beans into a colander and rinse with cool water, then add them to the slow cooker.
  3. Dice bacon and cook until almost crisp, but not quite. Remove from pan to a separate plate and drain off most of fat.
  4. While the bacon is cooking mix the last 6 ingredients in a bowl.
  5. Add onions to bacon fat and saute until soft but not browned.
  6. Add the brown sugar mix, the bacon and the onions to the slow cooker and stir well to combine all.
  7. Slow cook on high for 4 hours or medium for 6. You can also make this in the oven 350 degrees for about 1 hour, stir a few times while cooking.

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About Applewood Smoked Bacon and Maple Calico Beans

Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Wheat Free

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