Best BBQ Beans


Best BBQ Beans


⅔ cup dried navy beans

2 cups water

3 oz salt pork, chopped with rind removed

1 onion, chopped (1 cup)

1 jalapeno pepper, chopped (2 tbsp)

3 cloves garlic minced (1 tbsp)

1 cup chicken bouillon

1 cup sweet and spicy barbecue sauce


Cover beans with 2 cups of water and allow to soak for 6 – 12 hours. Drain and rinse.

Saute salt pork and onions in a large saucepan over medium-high heat until onions are tender (5-7 minutes). Add peppers and garlic. Saute until fragrant, about 1 minute.

Add bouillon and beans to the saucepan. Turn heat to medium. Cover and simmer for 45-60 minutes or until tender, checking occasionally to ensure there is enough water to keep beans from scorching.  Add more water, if neccesary.

Add barbecue sauce and simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes or until sauce is thickened.

Serve with jalapeno cheddar cheese cornbread, if desired.

4 servings, 415 calories per serving, excluding cornbread

Hack: Freeze leftover portions sealed in serving-sized portions for future use. Allow to thaw completely in the refrigerator before reheating.

Hack: One cup of frozen onions can be substituted for fresh onion in this recipe.

Hack: One 15 oz. can of navy beans, drained and rinsed can be substituted for the dried beans in this recipe.





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12 Replies to “Best BBQ Beans”

  1. This looks almost like baked beans, but when reading the ingredient list, it looks even better. I am definitely going to give this one a shot, and the great thing is that the beans can be frozen for future use.

    I would just like to know if there are any other sauces you could substitute for the BBQ sauce for a different flavor? I was wondering how sweet chili sauce would work?

    1. I love beans and I’ve found that they can take just about any flavor you want to throw at ’em!  Go ahead and use the chili saucw.  Let me know how it turns out!

  2. I am someone that never touched beans until a few years ago. I started to get into BBQ in a big way and BBQ beans are a staple side dish in the BBQ world. Thank you for posting this recipe as I am always looking for new recipes to try when I grill and smoke meat. I will try it and let you know how I make out!

    1. It’s weird that we’re so convinced that we don’t like something…until we actually eat it!  I look forward to hearing back from you once you try this recipe!

  3. I love to cook so it’s nice to come across other like-minded bloggers! BBQ beans are an absolute staple for me in the summer and this is a great recipe. There’s nothing like homemade! Just a visual tip to make a clear difference between directions you can hold alt and type 0149 to add bullet points! 

    Thank you so much for sharing 🙂 

  4. Oh! Cynthia. 

    The BBQ Beans look hot, they remind me of a source in South Africa called Chakalaka. We have it when we braai/BBQ. I would say there is no braai in SA without some chakalaka.

    I just read jalapeno and go excited. I and keeping this one for our next BBQ. I love the simplicity in your recipes I look forwards to the next one.

    Happy cooking.


    1. I just looked up Chakalaka and it looks delicious!  I’m going to definitely try it soon!  What do you serve it with?

  5. Hi Cynthia, I like to cook and eat healthily.  In my traditional cuisine, we cook beans in various recipes, but I did not know this recipe until reading your article. It seems delicious and interesting, and I like to try it. I usually use beef bones or smoked and salt meat to cook beans in place of pork. 

    Thank you for sharing such good and healthy recipes with us.



    1. I hope you enjoy this recipe!  I have not considered using anything but pork in my beans but I may try some variations now. Thank you for the idea!

  6. That is a very interesting post.

    I thought beans came in a tin with tomato sauce lol.  And I’m not joking !

    I don’t think that I have ever even noticed dried beans for sale in the supermarket, but that will be one to check out the next time I am in.  I’m surprised I haven’t noticed, but they will probably have a shelf full when I look.

    There is a little bit of work with this one, but well worth it I hope.

    1. Geoff, they usually hide those dried beans on the bottom shelf, right under the canned beans!  The recipe does have a few steps to it but feel free to double the recipe and freeze some for later!  If you like those canned beans with tomato sauce, give these beans a try!

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