Ready in 30 Minutes – This recipe is far faster than the traditional version that uses dried beans. It’s also quicker than my Slow Cooker Baked Beans which take several hours, so it’s a great last minute choice.
Classic Side for a Cookout – This is a favorite side dish for a cookout or barbecue for a good reason!
One-Pot Recipe – Everything cooks in the same pot for easy clean-up.
Ingredients For Homemade Pork and Beans
Bacon – Thick cut bacon is best that you’ll dice up and cook down to crisp it up.
Yellow Onion – Finely chopped – you want the flavor, not big chunks.
Tomato Sauce – A small can, and any brand will do.
Brown Sugar – You can use dark or light brown sugar.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Navy or Cannellini Beans – Straight out of the can.
Spices – Ground mustard, garlic powder, kosher salt, black pepper
How To Make Pork n Beans
Be sure to check the recipe card below for full ingredients & instructions.
This pork and beans recipe is quick cooking, ready in just 30 minutes, and all in one pot!
Cook the Bacon and Onions – Start by heating a large pot over medium heat and cooking the diced bacon. Cook the bacon for about 5 minutes until the fat is rendered out then add the diced onion. Cook the onion until softened.
Add Sauce Ingredients – Add the tomato sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, Worcestershire, and spices. Stir and bring the mixture to a simmer.
Add Beans – Add the beans (undrained) and stir to combine. Bring it back to a simmer and cook, stirring often, for about 15-20 minutes until the sauce thickens.
Serve – Taste and adjust salt and pepper then serve.
What is the difference between pork and beans and baked beans?
Pork and beans have a thinner sauce and are meatier than traditional baked beans.
Should you drain the canned beans?
Do not drain the canned beans for this recipe. The liquid in the can is super flavorful and helps make the sauce thicker and velvety.
Can pork and beans be made in the crockpot?
Yes they can! It’s best to still cook up the bacon and onion in a skillet on the stove, before adding everything to the slow cooker.
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Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.