Texas-Style Baked Beans


Texas-style baked beans are sure to be a hit at your next outdoor cookout. Even if you don't have a smoker, they'll turn out great, but if you do have access to a good hickory or pecan fire, take advantage. For a real Texas experience, use a bottle of Lone Star beer to make the beans and indulge in one yourself as they're cooking.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 25 mins


  • 1 tablespoon butter, or as needed

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 medium red onion, diced

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced, or more to taste

  • 1 pound bacon, diced

  • 1 medium red bell pepper, diced

  • 3 medium jalapeno peppers, minced, or to taste

  • 1 cup beer, or more to taste

  • 1 cup barbecue sauce

  • 1 cup brown sugar

  • ¼ cup molasses

  • 6 cups cooked pinto beans

  • 1 pinch garlic salt, or to taste

  • cracked black pepper to taste


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

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

  3. Stir beer, barbecue sauce, brown sugar, and molasses together in a large bowl. Stir in pinto beans, bacon-onion mixture, garlic salt, and pepper. Pour bean mixture into the prepared baking dish.

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


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

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

548 Calories
15g Fat
84g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 548
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 28mg 9%
Sodium 1161mg 50%
Total Carbohydrate 84g 30%
Dietary Fiber 13g 45%
Total Sugars 42g
Protein 19g
Vitamin C 24mg 119%
Calcium 118mg 9%
Iron 4mg 22%
Potassium 993mg 21%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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