Sam Jones' BBQ Baked Beans in a skillet
Photograph by Denny Culbert.

Easily scaled into larger batches, Sam Jones’ version of barbecue baked beans is an adaptation of his great uncle’s recipe and makes a delicious side dish for cookouts. Don’t shy from scaling up —the leftovers get better on the second and third days. The recipe calls for Jones’ Sweet BBQ Sauce, a tomato-based sauce that isn’t too thick and gives a tangy, brown-sugar base to simmer the meat and beans in. Be sure to check out Jones’ cookbook Whole Hog BBQ for your other cookout dishes, and try the rest of the Sam Jones collection to upgrade your pit pack.

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Serves 8 to 10 or (whole hog party) 70 to 80

    For the barbecue baked beans:
  • ½ pound (80/20) ground beef
  • ¼ bell pepper, cut into ¼ inch dice
  • ½ small red onions, cut into ¼ inch dice
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans pork and beans, drained
  • 1 cup Sweet BBQ Sauce
  • For a whole hog party:
  • 4 pounds (80/20) ground beef
  • 2 bell peppers, cut into ¼ inch-dice
  • 4 small red onion, cut into ¼-inch dice
  • 2 (114-ounce) cans pork and beans, drained
  • 8 cups (64 ounces) Sweet BBQ Sauce
  1. Preheat oven to 375° degrees. In a large pan over medium-high heat, brown ground beef together with bell pepper and onion. Cook beef all the way through while stirring to break it into chunks. Onion and pepper should be wilted. Drain fat off beef once it’s done.
  2. Pour beef mixture into a 9-by-13 baking dish or dutch oven. Add beans and barbecue sauce and mix well. Bake uncovered for 40 minutes. Serve immediately.
  • Recipe From
    Reprinted with permission from Whole Hog BBQ by Sam Jones & Daniel Vaughn, copyright © 2019. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Penguin Random House, Inc.
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