Take the time to make up a batch of these authentic Texas baked beans the next time you have an outdoor cookout. They are sure to be a hit! These are great if you don't have a smoker, but if you have access to a good hickory or pecan fire, take advantage. For a real Texas experience, enjoy a bottle of Lone Star® beer for yourself and one for the beans while you make them.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 15 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish with 1 tablespoon butter.

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  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Saute onion and garlic in hot oil until onion begins to soften, 5 to 7 minutes. Add bacon, bell pepper, and jalapeno peppers; cook and stir until bacon is browned, 7 to 10 minutes more.

  • Stir beer, barbeque sauce, brown sugar, and molasses together in a large bowl; add pinto beans and bacon mixture. Season with garlic salt and black pepper. Pour beans mixture into the prepared baking dish.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until bubbling and browned, about 45 minutes.

Cook's Note:

To bake beans on a wood smoker, preheat the smoker to between 250 degrees F (120 degrees C) and 275 degrees F (135 degrees C). Pour beans mixture into a greased 9x13-inch foil pan. Cook in the smoker for 30 minutes. Cover foil pan with aluminum foil and continue cooking for 2 to 3 hours. Remove aluminum foil cover and transfer beans to a preheated 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) oven for 10 minutes to brown the beans.

Nutrition Facts

548 calories; protein 19.1g 38% DV; carbohydrates 83.8g 27% DV; fat 15.1g 23% DV; cholesterol 28.1mg 9% DV; sodium 1160.9mg 46% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
07/24/2014
This is my new go-to recipe for baked beans...AWESOMELY FANTASTIC!!!!!! I did halve the recipe, using 2 cans of pinto beans, drained and rinsed. These were super simple to make and the house smelled soooo good while these were baking. I always get baked beans from a local market that we always considered 'the best' baked beans, but these surpass those, and are waaaaay cheaper to make than those ones are to buy, so that's a bonus. I did measure all of the liquid ingredients and brown sugar, but I did eyeball the onions and red pepper, and I'm sure I used more of those than the recipe called for. If I could give these beans more stars, I would...these are wonderful~YUM, YUM, YUM!!!!! Thanks for sharing. :) Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
04/27/2016
They're good but definitely could have used less beer so they wouldn't be so watery. I will add some cornstarch to thicken the sauce more. Flavor is good. Read More
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  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 1
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Rating: 5 stars
07/24/2014
This is my new go-to recipe for baked beans...AWESOMELY FANTASTIC!!!!!! I did halve the recipe, using 2 cans of pinto beans, drained and rinsed. These were super simple to make and the house smelled soooo good while these were baking. I always get baked beans from a local market that we always considered 'the best' baked beans, but these surpass those, and are waaaaay cheaper to make than those ones are to buy, so that's a bonus. I did measure all of the liquid ingredients and brown sugar, but I did eyeball the onions and red pepper, and I'm sure I used more of those than the recipe called for. If I could give these beans more stars, I would...these are wonderful~YUM, YUM, YUM!!!!! Thanks for sharing. :) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/16/2017
Huge hit. I made my own beans (from dried) so I could control the salt; I used one pound, not sure how the translates to cups when cooked. Followed the recipe exactly, with a few small exceptions... I added a bit of liquid smoke in lieu of smoking, and put a splash of bourbon in them for extra flavor. I also cooked the bacon first, and added the peppers/onions in the last 5 minutes or so. Why cook them in oil when you have all of that flavorful bacon grease to cook them in? Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/26/2015
Well worth cooking and eating! I've been wanting something like this. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/07/2015
added only 1/2 cup of bbcue sauce and 1/4 cup of brown sugar,it came out spicey ,yes I will remake it Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/13/2018
The flavor was very good for these baked beans. I left the bacon out because I had some people that were vegetarians that would be eating them; I could have substituted soy bacon however for the amount of beans I was making the cost would have been very high. They turned out good without the bacon. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/20/2017
Made this pretty much like the recipe says but can't afford that much bacon for one dish. Used about 4 thick slices instead. Still the flavor of this was very good. Really enjoyed that!! But did have a little problem..... In the interest of time I used canned pinto beans. Golly I would have cooked those beans another hour or so! They just weren't as tender as we would have liked. Could still eat the beans but we chewed awhile. Think this would be terrific with remains of a fresh cooked pot of home cooked beans seasoned while cooking with ham. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/03/2020
I followed the recipe exactly. It had great flavor but sauce was thin and greasy from the bacon. Next time I will brown and drain the bacon first. Was able to fix it with a few tablespoons of double concentrated tube tomato paste and a few more drops of liquid smoke. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/23/2020
Excellent recipe. I'm not averse to adding as much sugar, salt, or fat as necessary, but I found that 2/3 the amount of brown sugar was plenty. I'm sure it depends on the type of BBQ sauce you use; I used Stubb's Original. Also cut back on the beer to keep the sauce thicker. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/24/2016
Everybody loved these. I stayed pretty close to the recipe. Used turkey bacon due to my wife's aversion to the good stuff and I used extra garlic. Cooked them in a cast iron dutch oven on the outside stove. Nice level of heat and sweet for a group picnic. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
04/27/2016
They're good but definitely could have used less beer so they wouldn't be so watery. I will add some cornstarch to thicken the sauce more. Flavor is good. Read More