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Have you ever eaten sweet, sticky, homemade barbecue beans? You need to try this Slow Cooker Barbecue Baked Beans Recipe! It’s an amazing side dish, perfect for the summer.

Slow cooker recipe for homemade baked beans

My Summer Slow Cooker Series just has to give you something to go with our favourite summer barbecue foods. So here it is… the BEST BBQ side dish to impress your guests.

This homemade Barbecue Baked Beans Recipe is perfect for a side dish because it’s so simple, cheap as chips, full of smoky flavour and takes almost zero effort in the slow cooker too.

It’s my take on the good old British favourite tinned food and, just like Heinz’s version, this dish is so much more than just a BBQ side. Serve leftovers as a jacket potato filling or on toast with a poached egg on top. SO GOOD!

This is #10 in my Summer Slow Cooker Series, which means only two recipes to go until the set is complete for you to enjoy. It just so happens that #8 would go perfectly with this recipe – Slow Cooker Jacket Potatoes or Air Fryer Baked Potatoes – another great barbecue side for those al fresco evenings.

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You’ll love this recipe because:

✅ Amazing value for money

✅ Full of flavour

✅ Impress guests with something different!

Raw ingredients for homemade baked beans cooked in the slow cooker

 FAQs about this Barbecue Baked Beans Recipe

How do you make homemade baked beans?

Crisp up a little bacon and put it in the slow cooker with all of the other ingredients. Mix it all up, and cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours, or LOW on 5-6. Yes, that really is it! Frees you up to get on with whatever else you’re serving.

Would this recipe work for vegetarians?

Sure – simply leave out the bacon bits to make this a veggie dish. Add in 2tsp of smoked paprika to replace that smoky flavour instead.

Are the leftovers any good?

Yes, they keep fine in the fridge for up to three days in an airtight container. Reheat fully on the hob or in the microwave (it may need a splash of extra liquid as it will get very thick).

You can also freeze when totally cold, they will keep in the freezer for 3 months. Defrost fully and then reheat as above.

Which slow cooker would you recommend?

Always the Morphy Richards Sear & Stew Slow Cooker for gas hobs as you can brown ingredients beforehand if really necessary (I do try to avoid this though!) and it is light. For induction hobs, I would go for the Lakeland Digital 6.5l Slow Cooker.

recipe for baked beans made in the slow cooker

Fancy more barbecue side dish recipes?

Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do.

I’d love to know how you got on and what you thought of it if you make this recipe. Please rate the recipe using the ⭐️ by the recipe. Also, if you’d like to show me a photo by tagging me on Instagram (@tamingtwins) I LOVE to see your creations.

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Barbecue Slow Cooker Baked Beans Recipe

This Slow Cooker Barbecue Baked Beans Recipe is a fantastic side dish when hosting a barbecue or is simply a meal on its own.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 400 g Passata
  • 3 x 400 g Cans of cannellini beans, Drained and rinsed | See notes
  • 200 g Smoked bacon, Fry small pieces until crisp | See notes
  • 1 Onion
  • 1 tbsp Garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 2 tbsp Brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp Red wine vinegar
  • 4 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 tbsp Tomato puree
  • Salt and pepper


  • Mix the ingredients together and add to the slow cooker.
  • Cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours or LOW for 5-6 hours.


You can use any kind of beans you prefer. I used 2x cannellini beans and 1x black beans
You can leave this ingredient out if you want vegetarian baked beans. Just add 2tsp of smoked paprika to replace that smoky flavour.


Calories: 294kcalCarbohydrates: 46gProtein: 20gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 729mgPotassium: 1353mgFiber: 8gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 606IUVitamin C: 17mgCalcium: 131mgIron: 7mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine: Family Food
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