Bob’s Baked Beans #CookoutWeek

Baked beans are the ultimate cookout food. No barbeque, or #CookoutWeek for that matter, is complete without them. In my family, we are lucky to enjoy our favorite Bob’s Baked Beans at many family gatherings. Who is Bob? He’s my very own dear old Dad 😀

Bob's Baked Beans

When I was little I thought that pretty much the whole world had an Uncle Bob. I have an Uncle Bob (great uncle, but still). My Dad has an Uncle Bob (who he was named after). Obviously all of my cousins have an Uncle Bob. So in my little kid head I was convinced that everyone must have an Uncle Bob….made sense to me!

Bob's Baked Beans

Now of course I think my Dad Bob is the the best Bob of them all (actually I like to call him Roberto myself and my grandmother, whom we call B-Mom but the B doesn’t stand for anything, likes to call him Bobby Billy… We like nicknames in my family I guess! 😀 )

Anyways, back to the beans…

Bob's Baked Beans

My Dad makes the best baked beans ever! His secret? It’s actually his sleep pattern! Dad is night owl through and through and worked overnight shifts for 35 years. So on holidays and special occasions when he was in charge of bringing his Bob’s Baked Beans, he would start cooking them the night before. And they would simmer and bubble away all night long. He would stir them and check on them late into the night before he finally went to sleep.

The other secret of Bob’s Baked Beans is actually my Dad’s pickiness. He is a good ol’ fashioned meat and potatoes man. So you won’t find any “fancy” ingredients like onions or peppers or olive oil in these beans. What? Doesn’t your Dad think onions and peppers and olive oil are fancy? Yea, that’s probably just a Bob thing….but it makes for some super scrumptious baked beans!

Bob's Baked Beans

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Bob’s Baked Beans #CookoutWeek


  • 1/3 to 1/2 lb bacon
  • 3 cans (15 oz) pork and beans (Bob prefers Van Camps)
  • 2 T molasses
  • 2 T brown sugar
  • 1 T ketchup
  • 1 T yellow mustard


  1. Start by cooking the bacon until crispy (Bob does this in a skillet, I prefer in a 375 degree oven for about 15 minutes)
  2. Reserve 1 T of the bacon grease and chop the cooked bacon into 1/2 inch pieces
  3. In the bowl of a slow cooker, add all of the ingredients and mix gently until well combined
  4. Heat over low heat for 8 to 10 hours, stirring occasionally if possible, but not necessary
  5. Serve hot and store leftovers in the fridge for 3 to 5 days
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6 comments on “Bob’s Baked Beans #CookoutWeek

  1. My mother, Erin’s grandmother, is who started me with this favorite. My mom was a working mom starting back in the 50’s. The baked beans were a quick and filling meal for us kids on a hectic day for Mom. She would start them in the afternoon before going to work for her evening job. The babysitter or later on us kids could just take the dish out of the oven whenever we got hungry. Mom would put the raw bacon on top of the beans to cook in the oven but I am not a fan of “slimy” pork fat. So when I started cooking on my own I would fry the bacon to desired crispness before adding to the beans. My beans are now done in the crock pot and I have another trick I use. I offset the lid during the long simmer so the beans thicken. That way, they don’t make your burger bun soggy, hate soggy buns.

    • They’re really simple when you start with the canned pork and beans. They just need a little extra love and plenty of time to become something delicious 😀

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