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bacon on top of cowboy baked beans in a white bowl

Cowboy Baked Beans

These meaty baked beans are the perfect side dish for anything and everything that is grilled! These could even be a meal or an appetizer dip, themselves!
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 8 cups


  • 1 pound bacon
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • sweet onion
  • 3 cans pork and beans not drained
  • 2 cans black beans drained and rinsed
  • 2 cans light kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • 2 T Molasses
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 T yellow mustard
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 2 cloves minced garlic or garlic powder


  • Cut raw bacon into 1-inches pieces and brown on medium.
  • Once browned, remove bacon and all but 2 T bacon grease from pan
  • Brown ground beef in bacon grease, drain
  • Dice onion and brown until translucent in same pan
  • Add bacon and ground beef back into onions
  • Add remaining ingredients to bacon, beef and onion mixture, stir gently
  • Cover and slow cook on low for 2 hours