Southern Style Bourbon Baked Beans



I have been craving baked beans for some time now. We have had them twice over the past month and I have no reservations about it. They are simply just too good! Southern style baked beans are one of those dishes you MUST KNOW HOW TO MAKE. Regardless if you are Southern or not these beans speak to your heart, satisfy your stomach and automatically propel the cook to authentic Southern status. I realize I’m really caking it on but this is serious stuff. Caramelized onions, sweet crispy but still chewy bacon and a hint of tanginess and richness from the bourbon turn casual beans into something magical. I don’t know a man who doesn’t like beans and like my grandmother/mom/aunt/any Southern women will tell you-the way to your mans heart is through his stomach. With these bourbon baked beans consider yourself loved!


I know what you next thought is- I DON’T HAVE TIME TO BAKE BEANS. True- if you are as busy as I have been these past few weeks then you probably don’t have time to bake beans from scratch. But you DO have time to pop up a can of store-bought beans and go to work on them. Yes you heard me right. My southern style baked beans come straight from a can! The horror I know-but its true. Don’t let every cook lie to you and tell you they always cook their beans from scratch! There just isn’t time for that on certain days- at least not in my house!


If you are a bacon lover like myself then you will be overjoyed to know that this bean dish doesn’t just layer the bacon slices on top or have the bacon crumbled as a topping before serving but rather the bacon is slightly cooked beforehand and then chopped up and allowed to finish cooking in the beans. Oh and I don’t just mean a few slices of bacon. I mean A WHOLE BUNCH of bacon. Yes, Yes I did! The bourbon adds a wonderful tangy and rich warmth to the baked beans and brings out the flavor of the onions. The alcohol gets cooked out during the baking process but the flavor remains strong. There isn’t one aspect of these baked beans that you wouldn’t adore. Go ahead- Get your Southern On!


Southern Style Bourbon Baked Beans
  • 1 28oz. cans of baked beans
  • 8 slices of bacon, roughly chopped
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 2 TBSP dijon mustard
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • 3 TBSP molasses
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup bbq sauce
  • 1 TBSP worchestire sauce
  • 1 TBSP apple cider vinegar
  • 2 TBSP Good Bourbon
  • 1 tsp salt and pepper each
  • 1 tsp cajun seasoning
  1. In a medium skillet, add the bacon and onion. Cook until bacon is slightly crisp and onion is tender. Remove from heat. Stir together the remaining ingredients except for the beans. Place the beans in a large stockpot or oven safe baking dish. Pour in the sauce cAdd Worcestershire sauce, molasses, brown sugar, ketchup, and yellow mustard. Stir to combine well. Pour into deep dish you plan to serve from or leave in stockpot. Top with bacon and sprinkle top with brown sugar.
  2. Place in oven and bake 45 minutes. Increase temperature to 425ยบ F for 10 minutes to crisp bacon. Remove from oven and allow to rest about 5 minutes before serving.




  1. Sues

    Whoa! These look way better than the average baked beans… Like ridiculously good!!

  2. Erica

    mmmmmmmmmmmmm….there’s nothing like baked beans. I could seriously eat them as a meal. These look so good. Caramelized onions? Just yes!

  3. sue/the view from great island

    Oh wow does this sound good — you would have had me at bourbon OR bacon, but both? Irresistible <3

  4. Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen

    Love how you’ve spiffed up canned beans and made them feel cooked from scratch. What’s not to love about a dash or two of good southern bourbon to pump up the flavor too.

  5. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    I love these beans! I grew up on Boston Baked Beans but I’d take your Southern beans over Boston any day. The bourbon sounds great!

  6. K / Pure & Complex

    You are speaking my language right now sister :). This recipe is certainly calling me right now

  7. Melynda@OurSundayCafe

    These are on my husband’s list to make! Thanks.

  8. Monica

    I love baked beans and this looks incredible! I could make a whole meal out of this but there’d be nothing left for the others. : )

  9. Mandy - The Complete Book

    Now these are my kind of baked beans. Scrumptious!
    Have a beautiful day Belle.
    ๐Ÿ™‚ Mandy xo

  10. Kristy

    I’ve never really liked baked beans, but I think it’s because I’ve never had yours! These sound amazing!!! The bourbon flavor…the bacon!!! You might have converted me. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Balvinder

    I guess I know what I am bringing to the next potluck. My friends and I love beans cooked well with nice boosting flavor. Have a great day my friend!

  12. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    I need to make this ASAP! It looks so gooooooood.

  13. ~ Carmen ~

    I’ve gotta make this with veggie bacon. I love making beans from scratch & all but sometimes I don’t have that much time to put in. This is perfect. :] // โ˜ผ โ˜ฏ

  14. Joanne

    I’ve never had real authentic baked beans, but I love the flavors in this recipe. I can see why you’ve made them so much recently!

  15. Vicki Bensinger

    I’m a huge fan of baked beans and I have no problem doctoring up a can of them. Yours look amazing and will without a doubt make these next time I go to make some. Tell me though, there are so many cans of baked beans, which brand do you like to use for these? I’m guessing I’ll be making these within the next week. Thanks for sharing.

    1. kbelleicious

      Hey Vicki! I am so glad you asked about the brand of beans because it came make a huge difference, although any beans will do, my favorite is Bush’s plain original beans (no extra flavor added in) ! I so hope you get a chance to make them. You will love the beans!

  16. kitchen flavours

    This looks so delicious! Makes me just want to spoon right into the bowl!

  17. Barbara @ Barbara Bakes

    With the cold weather coming on, these are just what the doctor ordered.

  18. nancy at good food matters

    many years ago, I worked for a Barbecue catering company where I made so many vats of baked beans, —thousands of gallons, seriously–that I couldn’t eat them anymore. I think your bourbon-n-bacon laced ones could be a game-changer, though! they really do look delicious.

  19. Helene D'Souza

    ops I think my comment didn’t post.
    Jessica I am a massive baked beans lover! I am going to make this tonight and I have been thinking of it since yesterday when I saw your delicious looking pics.

  20. Nami | Just One Cookbook

    You always make awesome comfort foods, like this!!! For authentic Southern cooking, your website is my go-to site. I have to try this this fall/winter!

  21. La Cuisine d'Helene

    I love baked beans, I make an old family recipe. My beans cook all night in the slow cooker. In the morning it smells so good in the house. Yours look awesome.

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