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The Best Skillet Barbecue Baked Beans with Bacon Recipe Ever!

Campfire Beans Recipe: If you love barbecue, then you’ll love this Skillet Barbecue Baked Beans with Bacon Recipe!  

The sweet and tangy barbecue sauce combines deliciously with hickory smoked bacon for pretty much the best baked beans ever!  (Bonus: this is a recipe that can be made in the oven or over a campfire.)

The best Skillet Barbecue Baked Beans with Bacon Recipe EVER! - Bonus: you can make them on them in the oven or over the campfire.

This post, The Best Skillet Barbecue and Bacon Baked Beans Recipe, is by Tyson foods.

It’s getting to be camping season in Texas!  

I’m excited to get out of the house with the family and do some camping!  (I should probably clarify what I mean when I use the term “camping…”  We have a nice little travel trailer with beds for everyone; the trailer also has a mini kitchen, seating area, outdoor kitchen/prep area and most importantly, it has AIR CONDITIONING!  We are definitely not roughing it.)

Baked Beans with Bacon recipe

With spring just around the corner and the weather warming up, I already have our next few camping trips penciled onto the calendar.

One of the best things about living in Texas is all the fabulous barbecue available.  You can count on us having some type of barbecue dish on the menu at least once a week.  

When it comes to Texas side dishes, beans are always on the menu.  Baked beans are definitely a crowd-pleaser, and they go with just about every meal.  The Skillet Barbecue and Bacon Baked Beans recipe I’m sharing today really is just about the best baked beans with bacon recipe I’ve had.

How to make baked beans over the campfire

When we go camping, we cook most of our meals outside on the grill and gas stove.  When planning the menu, since weather can be unpredictable at times, I include meals that can be cooked outside or inside on the stove/microwave.  (Things like hamburgers, hot dogs, barbecue, fajitas, pasta dishes and various side dishes.)

This Skillet Barbecue Baked Beans with Bacon recipe is a great campfire beans recipe.  It uses only one pan and even better- the beans can be cooked on a regular stove top/oven when needed or over the campfire or gas grill!

Part of the reason this baked beans recipe is so good, is the addition of the Wright Brand Hickory Smoked Bacon. It’s a thick sliced bacon that gives a richer bacon experience.

The bacon is naturally smoked, which adds a wonderful smoky flavor that pairs perfectly with the barbecue sauce and beans.  You can find Wright Brand Bacon at your local H-E-B..  (It’s available in both Hickory Smoked and Applewood Smoked.)

The best Skillet Barbecue and Bacon Baked Beans recipe EVER! - Bonus: you can make them on them in the oven or over the campfire.

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The Best Skillet Barbecue Baked Beans with Bacon Recipe Ever!

  • Author: Jamie Sanders
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 45 min to 1 hour

Description

The best Skillet Barbecue Baked Beans with Bacon Recipe EVER! – Bonus: you can make these beans in the oven or over the campfire. (campfire beans recipe)


Ingredients

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  •  5 slices Wright Hickory Smoked Bacon
  • 2/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 15 oz can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 15 oz can light red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 15 oz can navy beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups high-quality barbecue sauce (I use Stubb’s BBQ sauce)

Instructions

Stove/oven:

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a 12 inch oven safe skillet or dutch oven, cook bacon til crisp.
  3. Remove bacon, keeping drippings in skillet. Add onion and pepper to skillet and cook until browned. (about 4 minutes.)
  4. Add beans and barbecue sauce to skillet and stir til ingredients are combined.
  5. Break bacon in half and add to skillet.  Gently stir bacon into the mix until covered with sauce and beans.
  6. Bake in oven 20 to 25 minutes.,

Campfire instructions:

  1. In a 12 inch cast iron skillet with a lid or dutch oven, cook bacon til crisp.
  2. Remove bacon, keeping drippings in skillet. Add onion and pepper to skillet and cook until browned. (about 4 minutes.)
  3. Add beans and barbecue sauce to skillet and stir til ingredients are combined.
  4. Break bacon in half and add to skillet. Gently stir bacon into mix until covered with sauce and beans.
  5. Bring beans to a low boil, then cover with lid and move to low heat area of the campfire.  Simmer about 45 minutes, checking beans occasionally and add a bit of water if beans are looking too dry.

Enjoy!


Notes

Note:  You can make this recipe ahead of time and finish the last step over your campfire!

Campfire beans recipe: Skillet Barbecue Baked Beans with Bacon Recipe - Bonus: you can make them on them in the oven or over the campfire.

Now it’s your turn:  Have you tried Wright Brand Bacon?  What is your favorite meal to cook when camping?  Sound off in the comments below!

9 Comments

  1. What a simple recipe! I love skillet/fry/baked beans and this recipe does not disappoint. I’ve tried numerous recipes and this looked too simple to be true. It is easily customized (I added butter beans and corn) and depending on what BBQ sauce you use, different flavors are achieved.

  2. I love your version of “camping”! BBQ baked beans are always a favorite of ours and I love that you included stove top and campfire directions. Thank you for this easy recipe with the most delicious looking bacon ever!

  3. I don’t camp, but you can’t have a BBQ without baked beans! These look delicious…looking forward to trying them!

  4. This looks darn good and almost makes me want to go camping! Would be great to bake forba grill out with friends

  5. My husband would love these. He’s a big fan of baked bean dishes and I rarely make them. This one, sounds so good w/ that bacon!

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