30-Minute BBQ Beans

  • Yield : About 2 cups
  • Servings : 4
  • Prep Time : 10m
  • Cook Time : 30m
  • Ready In : 40m
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Nutritional Info

This information is per serving.

  • Calories

  • Calories From Fat

  • Total Fat

  • Saturated Fat

  • Trans Fat

  • Cholesterol

  • Sodium

  • Carbohydrates

  • Dietary Fiber

  • Sugar

  • Protein

  • Serving Size:

    1/2 cup (105 g)

Canned baked and BBQ beans have 500 mg of sodium or more in a miserly 1/2 cup serving, can contain caramel color, and come in BPA lined cans.

Traditional, homemade baked beans using dry beans are delicious, but take hours to prepare and bake.

This 30-Minute BBQ Beans recipe, uses canned beans, and are ready in about 40 minutes including the time to preheat your oven. You can prepare a batch of 30-Minute BBQ beans while your oven preheats. This recipe has fewer chemical additives compared to canned BBQ beans.

Use reduced sodium or organic low sodium beans when available. Your actual total sodium depends on the beans, BBQ sauce, and bacon used.

This recipe can be doubled. When doubling the recipe, use a shallow baking dish to quickly heat the beans, or increase bake time 10 or more minutes. Beans are done when sauce bubbles and temperature reaches 165°F (74°C) to assure bacon is cooked.

You can use any canned white beans for this recipe. Texture, firmness, will very depending on the brand and type of beans used. Photos show 30-Minute BBQ Beans made with navy and great northern beans.

Refrigerate leftovers up to 4 days.

Cook’s Tip

Water can be added before or after baking. Baking without added water produces a thicker, more concentrated sauce.


When adding water after baking, add slowly or add warm water to prevent thermal shock that can crack baking dish.

Canned vs. This Recipe

Canned baked beans are convenient and taste great, but they are also have undesirable qualities.

Nutrition facts are based on a 1/2 cup (120 ml) serving of beans and sauce. Some canned baked beans have a lot of inexpensive sauce. This recipe makes about 4 half-cup serving of beans in less sauce than most canned beans for the same calories. You get more beans per serving. You can thin the sauce to desired consistency by adding more water.

Here is a comparison of 30-Minute BBQ beans to Bush’s baked beans. Numbers are rounded, so the difference in the amount of fiber and protein is less than 1g.

Homemade vs. Canned
Nutrition Homemade Canned
Calories 140 140
Saturated Fat 0g 0g
Sodium 300-550mg 550mg
Fiber 4g 5g
Protein 5g 6g

Related Recipe

30-Minute Baked Beans



  • 15 oz. (425 g) reduced sodium canned white beans
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon (0.625) garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) molasses
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) brown mustard
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) homemade or prepared BBQ sauce
  • Black pepper to taste
  • Dash of hot sauce (optional)
  • 1 strip (15 g) smoked bacon, cut into pieces
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup (60 to 80 ml) water

Method of Preparation

Step 1

Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).

Step 2

In a 1 qt/l baking dish, combine sugar, onion and garlic powders. Stir in molasses, mustard, BBQ sauce and hot sauce. Add water to thin sauce. Stir in beans and bacon until coated with sauce.

Step 3

Cover and bake 25 to 30 minutes. Sauce should be boiling. If water was not added in Step 2, slowly stir it into the beans, a little at a time, to thin the sauce. Serve.