Sweet & Savory Baked Beans

This recipe screams many things to me:

Summer! Barbecue! Picnic! America!

Let me explain that last point.  Bacon?  Purely American.  Ketchup and mustard?  American condiments of choice.   Pork and beans — typical American cowboy dinner.



Kielbasa? Not so American but I’ll let that pass.


I’m not always the hugest fan of baked beans because they usually don’t have a lot of flavor or texture.  This recipe, on the other hand, has a ton of flavor with sweet pineapple and brown sugar, zesty steak sauce, savory kielbasa, and salty bacon.

I made these for a grill-out get-together.  The sweet and savory combo works so well, and I loved serving up a classic dish, fancied up with some fun ingredients.  Also, it never ever hurts to top your food with bacon.

Cook this up, give it a taste, and share with others!


Sweet & Savory Baked Beans
Recipe from Iowa Girl Eats
Serves 8-10 as a side dish

3 cans (15 oz) VanCamp’s Pork & Beans, slightly drained
1 large onion, diced
1 can (8 oz) crushed pineapple, slightly drained
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 Tablespoons steak sauce
1 Tablespoon mustard
1 package kielbasa, cut into bite-sized pieces
10 bacon strips
3/4 cup ketchup

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix beans with onion, crushed pineapple, brown sugar, steak sauce, mustard, and kielbasa in a large bowl.
Pour mixture into a non-stick sprayed 9×13 baking dish then lay bacon strips across the top.
Spread ketchup on top of the bacon and bake for 2 hours, or until the top is caramelized.
Allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving.


Seriously, this is a great side dish for any picnic or barbecue you have this summer.  Hope you try it!


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