Easy Potluck Baked Beans with Bacon Recipe

by Tonya Staab

Everyone will love this easy baked beans with bacon recipe that is cooked in the oven and is perfect for your backyard barbecue or a potluck.

a foil tray filled with baked beans and bacon for a potluck.
Potluck baked beans with bacon cooked in the oven serves up to 20 people.

Potluck baked beans with bacon

We were recently invited to a backyard barbecue where meats were smoked to perfection, salads were amazing, and I tried cornbread casserole for the first time. We were asked to bring baked beans, so I set to work whipping up this quick and easy side dish to take.

Baked beans ingredients

To make baked beans with bacon in the oven you will need cans of maple bacon baked beans, cooked bacon, onion, and BBQ sauce.
You will need cans of maple bacon beans, BBQ sauce, onions, and bacon to make our baked beans recipe.

You will find the full recipe ingredients list in the recipe card below, but here’s a quick summary for you:

  • Maple and cured bacon baked beans
  • Bacon
  • BBQ sauce
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Onion
  • Brown sugar
  • White vinegar
  • Lavender balsamic vinegar

I found the maple and cured bacon baked beans at Aldi and they are perfect for this recipe.

I would normally add molasses to baked beans, however, the BBQ sauce that I used already contained it. Make sure to check your BBQ sauce and your cans of beans for other ingredients you might normally add.

You can substitute lavender balsamic vinegar for your favorite balsamic. We purchase ours from a local lavender shop and use it in a lot of recipes.

How do you make baked beans with bacon in the oven?

This recipe is so quick and easy to put together. Just make sure you set aside at least an hour and a half for cooking it in the oven.

to make baked beans with bacon add diced onion, bacon, beans, bbq sauce, ketcup, sugar, and mustard to a large bowl and stir to combine.
Add all of your baked bean ingredients to a large bowl and stir to combine.

Tip: Don’t discard the liquid from the beans, make sure you add that to the bowl too.

Baked Beans with Bacon

Rating: 5.0/5
( 2 voted )
Serves: 15-20 Prep Time: Cooking Time: Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat


  • 4 28oz cans of maple and cured bacon baked beans
  • 8 rashers bacon
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce
  • 2 tbs ketchup
  • 2 tbs mustard
  • 1 sweet onion (diced)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbs white vinegar
  • 2 tbs lavender balsamic vinegar


  1. Heat the oven to 325F.
  2. In a skillet cook the bacon, and then put it on paper towels to absorb any of the oil and fat.
  3. Don't discard the bacon fat in the pan though. Add the lavender balsamic to deglaze the pan, and then toss in the diced onion. Cook until translucent. 
  4. Once the bacon is cooled a little, chop it into small pieces. 
  5. In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients and stir until combined.
  6. Pour into a baking dish (or a foil dish for a potluck), cover with aluminum foil, and bake in the oven for at least 1.5 hours. 
a foil baking dish filled with baked beans and bacon for a potluck.
Easy baked beans with bacon cooked in the oven for a BBQ potluck.

Please don’t transport your beans just in the foil container as the container will bend. We put ours on a cutting board to take it in the car.

More BBQ side dishes

Are you looking for more delicious side dishes for your next backyard BBQ? Take a look at these easy recipes:

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