I came up with this recipe after having made some bourbon baked beans and seeing a recipe for cola baked beans and I thought: Why not combine the two?

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
3 hrs 22 mins
total:
3 hrs 37 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
2 cups
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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 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • Mix brown sugar, paprika, mustard, and cayenne pepper together in a bowl. Whisk in pepper soda, ketchup, and Worcestershire sauce until brown sugar is dissolved.

  • Cut 4 slices of bacon into small strips. Cook and stir in a large Dutch oven over medium heat until almost crispy, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl, reserving bacon grease.

  • Stir onion into the bacon grease in the Dutch oven; cook and stir until soft, 3 to 5 minutes. Add garlic; cook and stir for 1 minute. Pour in bourbon, stirring to scrape up browned bits off the bottom with a wooden spoon. Stir bacon strips back in.

  • Pour brown sugar mixture and baked beans into the Dutch oven. Simmer until beans are heated through, about 15 minutes. Arrange remaining 4 slices of bacon on top of the beans.

  • Bake in the preheated oven, covered, until beans are bubbly and sauce is syrupy, about 3 hours.

Cook's Note:

Substitute apple cider vinegar for the bourbon if you don't want to use alcohol.

Nutrition Facts

306 calories; protein 10.2g; carbohydrates 51.8g; fat 5.8g; cholesterol 17.9mg; sodium 928.5mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (31)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
04/29/2019
Basically, I followed the recipe with three exceptions. #1 - I DOUBLED the recipe. #2 - I disregarded the bacon quantity and method of using the bacon. I prefer to cut up 1 pound of thick sliced bacon, cut into 3/4"-1" pieces, and fried to "extra crisp". I did not place any bacon on top. #3 - I increased the Bourbon to 1 cup rather than 1/2 cup. There wasn't enough left for a good midnight snack!! Prepared as a side dish with Pineapple Pulled Pork. Added oven roasted potatoes and called it dinner. Final Note: The beans were too "soupy" when doubling the Dr Pepper and Bourbon, so I took off about 3 cups of liquid from the beans, set it aside, reheated at dinnertime and it became a marvelous sauce for the pulled pork. Enjoy, I did!!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
07/05/2020
3 HOURS!!! to bake seems excessive but I followed exact directions and the beans are so close to being burnt. They taste ok but in my opinion not eye appealing to serve to company. I would have considered more stars for ingredients & decent flavors but very frustrating to waste money & a lot of time on a dish I can’t serve Read More
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  • 5 star values: 30
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
04/29/2019
Basically, I followed the recipe with three exceptions. #1 - I DOUBLED the recipe. #2 - I disregarded the bacon quantity and method of using the bacon. I prefer to cut up 1 pound of thick sliced bacon, cut into 3/4"-1" pieces, and fried to "extra crisp". I did not place any bacon on top. #3 - I increased the Bourbon to 1 cup rather than 1/2 cup. There wasn't enough left for a good midnight snack!! Prepared as a side dish with Pineapple Pulled Pork. Added oven roasted potatoes and called it dinner. Final Note: The beans were too "soupy" when doubling the Dr Pepper and Bourbon, so I took off about 3 cups of liquid from the beans, set it aside, reheated at dinnertime and it became a marvelous sauce for the pulled pork. Enjoy, I did!!! Read More
(9)
Rating: 5 stars
05/28/2019
I made these beans for our get-to-gather for our Memorial Day celebration yesterday I made them exactly per the recipe and cooked them; probably another 30 minutes as they were still a little too soupy, but were they ever good. I've been asked to make them again for the Fourth of July. I think they are super delicious and most everyone else did also. This is an excellent recipe.. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/31/2018
Made as directed. They were just a little too sweet. Next time I will lessen the sugar and increase the mustard, paprika and cayenne. I used Makers Mark bourbon. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/07/2017
1.7.17 I had concerns that 3 hours @ 350 would be way too long for baking these beans, and mine were perfectly done in 65 minutes. I scaled this recipe down to 4 servings using one can of beans. I wanted my bacon slices on the top crisp, so I didn't cover the casserole. I forgot to add the Worcestershire sauce, but still, these were some of the best baked beans I've ever had (and I've had a lot!). dwfalls78, thanks for sharing your recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/30/2018
This recipe was awesome!! I added butter beans and a can of green beans and a little more cayenne pepper and everyone loved them. I will make this recipe again, only a larger batch because there weren't any leftovers. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/05/2018
These are the best baked beans I have ever eaten!!!! My company all asked for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/24/2017
This recipe was a big hit at my holiday family gathering! I have tried numerous baked bean recipes but it seems this one was very well liked! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/11/2020
This was great!! I added more bourbon and this got huge marks at the BBQ. I got a few requests for the recipe! I had no problem with the liquid reducing at all. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/16/2018
The best I have made. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
07/05/2020
3 HOURS!!! to bake seems excessive but I followed exact directions and the beans are so close to being burnt. They taste ok but in my opinion not eye appealing to serve to company. I would have considered more stars for ingredients & decent flavors but very frustrating to waste money & a lot of time on a dish I can’t serve Read More
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