Root Beer Baked Beans – the best barbecue side dish! Beans with bacon, root beer, and barbecue sauce are baked until the sauce is thick and delicious.
Originally published June 2, 2014. Updated May 6, 2019.
It almost feels like summer has arrived in Texas.
People have finally stopped asking if I’m cold in my Jeep. (I have a heater, y’all. And a boyfriend that makes me take his truck if it’s too cold. I’m fine.)
I mean, it’s still raining buckets 5 days a week but it’s finally warm enough for sundresses and sandals.
And I’m so ready for lake days and the waterpark and snow cones.
How To Make Root Beer Baked Beans
And because summer’s (mostly) here, I’m sharing one of my alltime favorite barbecue side dish recipes.
These are so easy, you aren’t even going to believe it.
They start with bacon and then you cook some onion in the bacon fat. The bacon and onion gets mixed with a couple cans of Pork and Beans, root beer, barbecue sauce, and a dash of hot sauce.
Then you just have to bake them for about 55 minutes. In that time, the sauce cooked down and gets thick and delicious.
The beans are sweet and a little spicy and they are definitely my favorite baked beans ever. If you are feeding a crowd, double the recipe, at least. They go fast!
More Barbecue Side Dish Recipes
Cranberry Almond Broccoli Salad – a lighter version of the classic broccoli salad. Broccoli, crumbled bacon, almonds, red onion, and dried cranberries in a creamy, tangy dressing.
BBQ Bacon Wrapped Corn – corn on the cob brushed with barbecue sauce and wrapped in bacon before grilled.
Southwestern Cornbread Salad – layers of lettuce, black beans, corn, tomatoes, red onion, cheese, and cornbread in a zesty dressing!
- 3 bacon slices
- 1 small onion diced
- 2 16-ounce cans pork and beans
- 1/2 cup root beer not diet
- 1/4 cup smoky barbecue sauce
- 1/8 teaspoon hot sauce
Preheat oven to 400F.
Cook bacon in a skillet over medium heat until crisp; remove and drain on paper towels, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings in skillet. Crumble bacon.
Sauté diced onion in hot bacon drippings in skillet over high heat 5 minutes or until tender. Stir together onion, crumbled bacon, beans, and remaining ingredients in a lightly greased 1-quart baking dish.
Bake beans, uncovered, for 55 minutes or until sauce is thickened.