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May 11, 2021

Slow Cooker Baked Beans

These baked beans, cooked from scratch in the Crock Pot for several hours in a sweet glossy sauce, are perfect for a barbecue or summer potluck served along with all of your favorite sides - think mac and cheese, country style potato salad, and broccoli salad

Slow cooker baked beans

If you are looking for a side dish that is easy, a crowd pleaser, and perfect for any season, you definitely will love these slow cooker baked beans.

Yes, technically, they are not baked in the oven. Just think of the Crock Pot as a portable oven! 

Ingredients in these slow cooker baked beans:

Dried white beans such as great northern: While dried beans require an overnight soak, they don't come with any added ingredients like canned beans. 

Onions and Garlic: They add a natural sweetness after you sweat them in a skillet. 

Jalapeño: Just one to add a little spice to the dish. 

Smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, yellow mustard and Worcestershire Sauce: All to add smoke, spice, and umami. 

Ketchup, brown sugar, and molasses: To add a complex sweetness. 

Baked beans from scratch

These beans require a little planning, first to soak the beans overnight and then to cook them in the slow cooker for 6 to 8 hours. 

Serve the beans straight from the Crock Pot, or you can make them in advance and refrigerate them for at least 4 days to reheat later. 

How to make Crock Pot baked beans:

First, soak the beans in a briny water overnight in the refrigerator. While the salt may slow down the softening of the beans, it adds a lot of flavor. Be sure to fully drain the beans and discard the soaking water. 

Next, sauté the onions, jalapeño, and garlic in a large saucepan until softened, and then add paprika, cayenne, salt, and black pepper. Stir and cook for about a minute, and then add the ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, and molasses and cook until the sugar dissolves. 

Add the sauce to the slow cooker, along with the beans and some water, and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours. The beans should be tender and fully plumped up from the sauce. 

Barbecue Baked Beans in the Slow Cooker

Serve these beans with your favorite barbecue main such as grilled burgers, ribs, or grilled chicken, or any of the BBQ Week recipes below: 

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Be sure to follow our Pinterest board for more summer BBQ ideas. Thank you to Christie from A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures and Ellen from Family Around the Table for hosting the event.

Crock Pot Baked Beans from Scratch

This recipe was adapted from my favorite new cookbook, Carla Hall's Soul Food: Everyday and Celebration. The stories in the book are wonderful.

Crock Pot Baked Beans Recipe

Crock Pot Baked Beans Recipe
Yield: 12 servings
Author: Karen's Kitchen Stories
These baked beans, cooked from scratch in the Crock Pot for several hours in a sweet glossy sauce, are perfect for barbecue or summer potluck served along with all of your favorite sides.


  • 3 tablespoons kosher salt (for the soaking water)
  • 3 quarts water (for soaking)
  • 2 pounds dried small white beans, such as great northern, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 medium yellow onions, chopped
  • 1 jalapeño, minced
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 3 tablespoons yellow mustard


  1. Dissolve the salt in the water and stir in the beans. Refrigerate overnight. 
  2. Drain the beans and add them to a 6 to 7 quart slow cooker. 
  3. In a large saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. Stir in the onion, jalapeño, and garlic, and cook, until tender and transluscent, about 5 minutes. 
  4. Stir in the paprika, cayenne, salt, and pepper. Cook for about a minute, stirring, until the spices are fragrant.
  5. Add the Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, brown sugar, molasses, and mustard and cook, stirring, until the sauce is bubbly. 
  6. Pour the sauce over the beans and add about 5 cups of water. Be sure the beans are fully submerged. 
  7. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours, until the beans are tender. 

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  1. Love love a good Baked Beans Recipe and a slow cooked bean is the best!

  2. Love baked beans and I do use paprika but now I am going to use the smoked! YUM

  3. I can almost smell that deliciousness through the computer screen. This is a great recipe Karen.

  4. Baked beans are my husbands favorite but I've yet to find that magical recipe, definitely trying this one!

    1. If he likes his with bacon, you can always add it =)

  5. Slow cooking baked beans makes me think that your kitchen smelled amazing while these were cooking!

  6. Ohhh you packed some amazing flavor into those beans! BBQ isn't BBQ without a side of good baked beans!

  7. Ooh, that little bit of heat from the jalapenos is right up my alley! I definitely do not use my slow cooker enough, must change that!

  8. Karen, thank you for this recipe. I used to always make baked beans from scratch as a child but I guess as they got easier to buy in a can my mother started doing that and I forgot how to make them. Can't wait to try this recipe.


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