Grandma's Baked Beans

You all are so lucky! This is a secret family recipe that is AWESOME!!! So awesome, I have to share it with you. I never met my grandmother because she died when my mom was a teenager, but this is a favorite recipe my mom loved that her mom made when she was growing up.

My family eats these EVERY Thanksgiving & Christmas. It is one of the sides I can’t go without. These are perfect for summer BBQ’s as well & can actually be served WARM or COLD. My family actually prefers them cold; my favorite is dipping my hot turkey/ham in some cold beans instead of gravy. Call me crazy, but I dare you to try them both ways & see which way you prefer.

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Spoonful of baked beans in a small white bowl.

Grandma’s Baked Beans

Baked beans are a popular and delicious side dish for summer, and Grandma's BBQ beans recipe is easy to make for a crowd!
5 from 3 ratings


  • 15 oz (425 g) can baked beans, pork & beans, any brand
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ tsp dry mustard
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar, gently packed
  • 2 Tbsp onion, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup (59 ml) dark molasses


  • Throw everything into a pot on the stove and simmer (no lid) for 30 min to 1 hour, stirring occasionally. The longer the better.


  • Serve hot or cold. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5-7 days.
Serving: 0.5 cup, Calories: 200kcal, Carbohydrates: 43g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 2g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 7mg, Sodium: 450mg, Potassium: 653mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 22g, Vitamin A: 2IU, Vitamin C: 3mg, Calcium: 107mg, Iron: 3mg