Uncle Jake’s Old Fashioned Baked Beans

by Jamie on July 8, 2009

Post image for Uncle Jake’s Old Fashioned Baked Beans

My newly married aunt and her hubby came to our neck of the woods last weekend to show off their new Boxer pup, Oscar. I do not really refer to them as my aunt and uncle because my aunt is only twelve years older than me and her husband is seven years younger than her – which makes her a “cougar” of sorts, huh?

While on the conversation of my blog, I discovered that Jake is the cook of their household, not because Linda can’t cook, but more because Jake likes his food prepared his way! Since I am a self-professed control freak, I completely understand where he is coming from!

He brought up a recipe for Old Fashioned Baked Beans that immediately caught my attention. He said it was hearty enough to eat as a meal and was a great dish for potlucks. He hopped on my laptop and emailed it to me right then and there.

I made the recipe the next evening for dinner and served it alongside a leafy salad and a loaf of french bread. They are sweet and savory and just all around delicious! I totally agree with him about these being a hit at potlucks, but they were also fantastic for a weeknight dinner!

If you are looking for a hearty, crowd pleasing dish…your search stops here, because these are that good! Thanks for sharing the recipe, Jake!

I did make a few changes to the recipe, but I will post the original recipe with my changes noted in italics.


Jake’s Old Fashioned Baked Beans

July 8th, 2009


1/2 pound bacon
1/2 pound ground beef
1 large chopped onion
1 can kidney beans; 16 ounces
2 cans Bush’s Original baked Beans; 28 ounces each
1/4 cup ketchup
1/4 cup barbecue sauce (I used Sweet Baby Rays)
2 tablespoons molasses (I only used 1 tablespoon because molasses scares me)
1/4 teaspoon chili powder (I increased this to 1/2 teaspoon)
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup white sugar (I decreased this to 2/3 cup, but may decrease even more next time)
1/2 teaspoon Pepper
1/2 cup light brown sugar; lightly packed
2 tablespoons prepared mustard
1/2 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes (My addition)


1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

2. In skillet, brown bacon, ground beef and chopped onion.

3. Meanwhile mix together both sugars, ketchup, barbecue sauce, molasses, chili powder, salt, pepper, and mustard; set aside.

4. Drain off excess fat and mix with beans and sauce.

5. Bake uncovered at 350°F for 1 hour and 15 minutes.


{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

sherri July 8, 2009 at 6:40 am

It sounds delicious. I love a good baked bean recipe- and I'm not afraid of molasses!


Aarika July 8, 2009 at 6:53 am

I just made a batch of baked beans for the holiday. It wasn't quite like this, but a healthy substitute for the ground beef would crumbles. I used it and no one even knew the difference.


Sara July 8, 2009 at 8:52 am

Wow, these look delicious. I've never made baked beans from scratch before, but this looks like the recipe for me to try. By the way, I made your Vanilla Pudding Chocolate Chippers last night and they are great!


Kristi July 8, 2009 at 10:14 am

This looks fabulous! Whenever I buy a can of baked beans, I always want to make my own. I can't wait to try this one.

I just started to read your blog and love it. Keep up the good work lady!

p.s. I love Sweet Baby Rays! :)


Maria July 8, 2009 at 10:19 am

I am not a baked bean fan but hubs loves them. Thanks for sharing the recipe.


Ingrid July 8, 2009 at 10:20 am

I'm printing this out. Sounds really good and you haven't steered me wrong yet.


fried blue July 8, 2009 at 4:03 pm

These look too yummy. Will definitely be making these for my baked-bean needs.


Lone Acorn July 9, 2009 at 10:00 am

You have a blog full of great recipes and I wanted to let you know that I have an award waiting on my blog for you to collect. Cheers!


Em July 12, 2009 at 1:00 am

I just made these tonight and they're very good :)


Faith July 16, 2009 at 11:41 am

These look so good, I think I'll make them for the BBQ I'm going to this weekend!


Pip May 26, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Forgive my *ahem* ignorance, but how can a recipe for baked beans include 2 cans of baked beans?


Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: