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.
I’m also so excited for summer foods and baked beans are one of my favorite summer side dishes! I love this recipe or my Pineapple Baked Beans with pretty much anything we grill!
- Pork and beans
- Root beer
- Barbecue sauce – I like to use a smoky one instead of a honey or brown sugar one so they don’t turn out too sweet
- Hot sauce
How To Make Root Beer Baked Beans
- Cook bacon in a skillet until crisp; remove and drain on paper towels, leaving some of the drippings in the skillet
- Crumble bacon and set aside
- Sauce onion in the hot bacon droppings until softened
- Stir together cooked onion, crumbled bacon, pork and beans, barbecue sauce, and hot sauce in a baking dish
- Bake beans at 400F for about 55 minutes
Can You Make It Ahead?
You can definitely make root beer baked beans ahead of time! Do all the steps except baking, let it cool, cover it tightly, and then pop it in the fridge until you are ready to bake them.
They made need extra time in the oven since they are starting out cold so just keep an eye on them.
Can You Use A Different Soda?
Yes! Dr Pepper baked beans sound delicious, don’t they?! Or Coca-Cola!
I would avoid any of the lemon lime, orange, grape, etc sodas though. Stick with the classics.
How Long Are Baked Beans Good For?
Baked beans are good in the fridge for about 3 – 4 days. They are best within the first day or so but they’re perfectly safe to eat for a few days.
Make sure to store them in an airtight container (these are my favorite containers for storing leftovers) and keep them in the refrigerator.
You can reheat them in the microwave or even bake them again!
More Barbecue Side Dish Recipes
- Cranberry Almond Broccoli Salad
- Southwestern Cornbread Salad
- Fritos Corn Salad
- Baked Potato Salad
- Cole Slaw Pasta Salad
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- 3 bacon slices
- 1 small onion, diced
- 2 16-ounce cans pork and beans
- ½ cup root beer, not diet
- ¼ cup smoky barbecue sauce
- ⅛ 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.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 165Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 637mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 6gSugar: 5gProtein: 8g