Old Settlers Baked Beans

 This is a dish my sister-in-law served up during a BBQ several summers ago, and the minute I tasted it I knew I had to have the recipe. It is NOT your usual pork and beans and is perfect for any BBQ or cookout. This is a hearty baked bean dish which can be prepared ahead of time, refrigerated and then heated when needed.

What you’ll need

1 Can (15oz) Kidney Beans  

1 Can (15oz) Butter Beans - (or Great Northern Beans)

1 Can (15oz) Pork and Beans 

½ Lb. Ground Beef

½ Lb. Bacon - Chopped (reserve several whole strips)

1 Onion - Chopped

⅓ Cup Brown Sugar

⅓ Cup Sugar

¼ Cup Ketchup

¼ Cup BBQ Sauce

¼ tsp Black Pepper

1 Tbs Garlic - Minced

2 tsp Dry Mustard

¼ tsp Cayenne Pepper

2 Tbs Molasses

½ tsp Chili Powder

1 tsp Salt

How It’s Done

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Brown the 1st three ingredients together, draining off most but not all of the excess fat. Reserve several strips of bacon for the last step.
  • Mix together all remaining ingredients.
  • Add the browned meat mixture to the remaining ingredients and incorporate well.
  • Place into baking dish and lay several slices of bacon on top if desired. Bake uncovered for 1 hour. If heating from refrigerated state add an additional 15 minutes. 


  •    Some GREAT options to think about….spice it up…add a little Tabasco, Chopped pickled Jalapeño Peppers, Poblano’s etc.....not too much, remember, you can always add more....but you can't take it away.