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Baked Beans Cowboy Style ~ Texas BBQ Baked 4-Bean Medley

Y’all, the day has arrived! I am just busting that the time has finally come to share with you one of the most wicked recipes my mind has ever devised–Baked Beans Cowboy Style. Ladies, make these baked beans for the men in your life and you will have them howling at the moon! If they don’t, well, my Lord, at the very least, there will be some major nibbling on your neck! Major. I promise. Of course, I only speak from experience. Ha!

This top-shelf baked bean recipe for Baked Beans Cowboy Style was created especially for The Big Lug to take to a work BBQ luncheon to enjoy with his team on July 26, 2011.  It received rave reviews and the guys were offering even to pay for the recipe! Men. They’re so gosh darn sweet, aren’t they? Well, they are when they want to be—especially when they are well fed!

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Our quick-style recipe (with no overnight bean soak as with dried beans) calls for fine-quality B&M Baked Beans (made with small pea beans of the white bean variety) and organic pinto beans, small red beans (small red kidney beans) and black beans to create a 4-bean medley with a blend of quintessential “sweet-heat” Southwest flavors in the sauce. Quality beans is essential. The organics hold up well and have a toothsome bite which I just adore. Who wants mushy beans?

My secrets for Baked Beans Cowboy Style are to include plenty of chopped Applewood-smoked bacon, sweet Vidalia onion and sweet red bell pepper in a veggie sauté as well as a rich, dark beer reduction and both ancho and chipotle chili powders to make these baked beans especially wicked and quintessentially Texan in true cowboy style.

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When I dared to title this recipe with the term “cowboy style” or with the word “Texas” in it, and being from the Midwest, I could hear the ol’ retro TV commercial for Pace® Picante Sauce in the deep recesses of my mind. Remember how it went? Sitting around a campfire at night, cowboys, decked out in their Wrangler jeans and cowboy hats, were enjoying digging into their evening supper, but were astounded that the tasty picante sauce they were eating was made in a far off land far removed from their macho locale, “Somewhere in Texas” as the card read. They exclaimed, incredulously, “New York City?!” Only, this time, when I heard the old commercial in my head, there were a bunch of Texan cowboys exclaiming incredulously, “Indianapolis?!” At the end, one of the cowboys demands, “Get a rope.” Ha! Classic and memorable line from a fabulous retro commercial. Darrin Stephens and Don Draper, once the Creative Director and partner of the advertising firm, Sterling Cooper Draper Price, would be proud! If you aren’t familiar, check out the link below.

Retro TV Commercial: Pace® Picante Sauce

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In all sincerity, when I developed this baked beans recipe nearly two years ago now, I asked myself, “What would Bobby Flay do?” Yeah. I went there. And, it worked y’all. In fact, I would challenge him any day of the week in a baked bean “throwdown” and feel absolutely confident this recipe would come away wearing the crown. Woot! (Again, this is just confidence talking, not arrogance.) Of course, Bobby would receive some credit as he was the inspiration behind the recipe!

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What makes our Baked Beans Cowboy Style wicked good? The richest, sweetest and spiced-just-right sauce made with a dark beer reduction and plenty of fine-quality BBQ sauce, brown sugar and molasses. The zip and tang from Tabasco® sauce, raw organic apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard and Worcestershire sauce and cilantro. The finest quality beans to create an impeccable 4-bean medley plus plenty of smoky applewood-smoked bacon for an unbeatable smoky flavor. The sweetest veggies to include chopped sweet Vidalia onion and sweet red bell pepper along with a handful of chopped green onions for some extra color, flavor and crunch. A perfect blend of spices to include both ancho and chipotle chili powders, garlic powder and cumin. And, finally, a cook time of 90 minutes to ensure perfect oven-baked baked beans in a decadent, top-shelf sauce.

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Do yourself a big favor this summer and try Baked Beans Cowboy Style for your next BBQ cookout. I guarantee there will be second helpings…galore. They’re absolutely irresistible!






Baked Beans Cowboy Style {gluten free option}





Baked Beans Cowboy Style

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours

Yield: Makes about 16 servings.

Baked Beans Cowboy Style

What makes our Baked Beans Cowboy Style wicked good? The richest, sweetest and spiced-just-right sauce made with a dark beer reduction and plenty of fine-quality BBQ sauce, brown sugar and molasses. The zip and tang from Tabasco® sauce, raw organic apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard and Worcestershire sauce and cilantro. The finest quality beans to create an impeccable 4-bean medley plus plenty of smoky applewood-smoked bacon for an unbeatable smoky flavor. The sweetest veggies to include chopped sweet Vidalia onion and sweet red bell pepper along with a handful of chopped green onions for some extra color, flavor and crunch. A perfect blend of spices to include both ancho and chipotle chili powders, garlic powder and cumin. And, finally, a cook time of 90 minutes to ensure perfect oven-baked baked beans in a decadent, top-shelf sauce.


  • For the Beer Reduction
  • 2 (12-ounce) bottles dark beer, I used Michelob® Amberbock®
  • For the Bacon & Vegetable Sauté
  • ½ pound Applewood smoked bacon, chopped
  • 1 large Vidalia onion, chopped
  • 1 medium to large red bell pepper, diced
  • ½ cup chopped green onions
  • For the Baked Bean Medley
  • 2 (16-ounce) jars B&M® Original Baked Beans, or fine-quality Boston-Style
  • 1 (16-ounce) can pinto beans, such as Eden Organic®, drained
  • 1 (16-ounce) can small red beans, such as Eden Organic®, drained
  • 1 (16-ounce) can black beans, such as Eden Organic®, drained
  • 1 (4-ounce) can green chiles, such as Old El Paso®, drained
  • Kosher salt & fresh coarse ground black pepper, to taste
  • For the Texas BBQ Baked Bean Sauce
  • 1½ cups Beer Reduction
  • 1 cup Kansas City-Style BBQ Sauce, such as KC Masterpiece®
  • ¾ cup ketchup, such as Heinz®
  • ¾ cup unsulphured molasses, such as Grandma’s®
  • ¾ cup firmly packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon or spicy grain mustard, such as Grey Poupon®
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, such as Braggs®
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce, such as Lea & Perrins®
  • Tabasco® sauce or cayenne pepper, to taste (a few dashes)
  • 1 teaspoon dried cilantro or 1 tablespoon fresh
  • ¼ teaspoon ancho chili powder, such as McCormick®
  • ¼ teaspoon chipotle chili powder, such as McCormick®
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder, such as McCormick®
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin, such as McCormick®
  • For the Optional Topping
  • 8 slices (about ½ pound) Applewood smoked bacon
  • 4 tablespoons light or dark brown sugar


Prepare the Beer Reduction: In a heavy saucepan over high heat, bring beer to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-high and continue to simmer until reduced by half to 1½ cups, about 20 minutes. Set aside to cool.

Arrange oven rack in lower third of oven and preheat oven to 350º F. Lightly grease two 2-quart (9x13-inch) baking dishes.

Prepare the Bacon & Vegetable Sauté: In a large frying pan over medium heat, cook the bacon until browned and just about crispy, about 5 minutes. Reserve rendered bacon fat in pan. Add onion and cook until tender, about 2 minutes. Stir in chopped red bell pepper and green onions; sauté until crisp-tender, about 1 minute. Remove from heat and set aside.

Prepare the Baked Bean Medley: Combine beans and chiles in large bowl or stock pot; season with salt and pepper. Scrape bacon and vegetable mixture into beans. Season with salt and pepper; stir well to incorporate. Using rubber spatula, scrape and pour into bowl or stock pot and stir into bean mixture.

Prepare the Texas BBQ Baked Bean Sauce: Add all of the sauce ingredients to the bowl or stock pot with the bean mixture. Stir well to incorporate. Using rubber spatula, scrap and pour mixture, evenly dividing, into baking dishes.

Bake in preheated oven until sauce has thickened, is bubbling and cooked through, about 90 minutes. If desired, top each with four bacon slices and sprinkle light brown sugar over the bacon after 30 minutes of baking. Remove from oven and transfer to cooling rack to rest before serving, about 5 minutes.

Recipe Notes


Beer reduction can be prepared one day ahead. Cover and chill until ready to use.

For Gluten-Free Option: Replace dark beer with a gluten-free beer. And, substitute all sauce ingredients with gluten-free alternatives.

About Stacy

Stacy Bryce is a recipe developer and member of the IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals). Her passion is developing original conventional baking recipes as well as special diet recipes to include dairy-free, gluten-free and grain-free. You can follow Stacy at Pinterest.


  1. These beans absolutely look wicked good! And, perfect for summer barbecues and reunions. Love this recipe, thanks for the great post!
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  2. I love baked beans…especially in the summer when I BBQ outside. Yours look delicious!
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  3. These beans look incredible, Stacy! So glad you used canned, too! I had a huge flop last weekend with dry, even though I let them soak for, like, a century. Then I made them with canned and the heavens opened. These truly look mouthwatering and your photos are great! Have a nice weekend. 🙂
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    • Thank you, Georgia! I have experienced “dry bean fail” myself. Not purty! I think the secret to using dried beans is a long soak and a long cook in the slow cooker. Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

  4. I’m in for the nibbling on the neck part! These look SO fab, Stacy!
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    • Hahaha! Thank you, Jen! I just adore your sense of humor. Really enjoyed your last post about your obsessive house cleaning, LOL! Have a great weekend, girlfriend! xo

  5. I will be in TEAM STACY and drool all over Bobby Flay;)…
    This is such a yummy dish…I will try it for sure..I enjoyed your writing so much, hilarious.
    Have a great weekend.

    • Hahaha! Thank you, Asha! Good to know you would be on my team. We’ll both drool over Bobby Flay. He’s such a cutie!

  6. We love baked beans in our house and yours looks amazingly good Stacy! Love all the flavors going on here and the photos are making me drool! Yum!
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  7. Well you certainly can’t go wrong with these baked beans!

  8. This is such a treat, looks so appetizing.
    The men (and not just the men)in my family would love this satisfying,hearty recipe.
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    • Thank you, Daniela! Yes, of course…not just the men. Since I named them “Baked Beans Cowboy Style” doesn’t mean we women don’t adore them just as much! (My own second helpings prove that.) Coming soon to the blog…Cowgirl Salsa. And, it’s not just for we women folk. 😉 Thanks so much for stopping by and enjoy!

  9. I love baked beans, and I’m very ashamed to admit to you that I have only made them out of a can! I just love Bush’s baked beans haha! Oh the shame… I will try your recipe out and hopefully rid myself of my cans…yours sound SO amazing.
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    • Thank you, Jaclyn! There’s still cans involved, but the organic beans are off-the-charts fabulous tasting with an incredibly good texture. The homemade sauce tops it all off just right. I hope you will make them for your next cookout!

  10. These look so smoky and packed with flavor!

  11. I’ve never been so enamored with baked beans – they sound totally perfect!
    Jennifer @ Not Your Momma’s Cookie recently posted…Sookie’s Tru Blood Pomegranate LemonadeMy Profile

  12. Just love baked beans.. When we think of bbq they always come to mind… These look so thick and delicious!
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  13. Perfect for a picnic! This makes my heart ache just a little–my dad’s signature dish was baked beans. He’d “doctor it up” with all sorts of lovely things. He passed a number of years ago, but I try to make his special beans every now and then. These would be pretty close I think!
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    • Aww…thank you, Ashley Bee! What a sweet story. Thank you for sharing it with me. I hope you will make these beans and think fond thoughts of your father and the memories you have of him at your next picnic! Thanks again. I appreciate you stopping by and for sharing your story! xo

  14. Maria | Pink Patisserie says:

    Stacy I just love all those gorgeous layers of gorgeous flavors! And what a fantastic person you are to make those and then let them be taken somewhere, enjoyed by others. I don’t know if I could do that. And I love your question, “What would Bobby Flay do?”! Pretty sure you’d win the throwdown.

    • Aww…thank you, Maria! You are so kind and thoughtful. Thank you for saying I’d win the fictional Baked Bean Throwdown with Bobby Flay! You ROCK, girlfriend! xo

  15. I love baked beans, they remind me of summer get togethers. Sadly though, I haven’t had baked beans once yet this summer, there’s something wrong with that. You are going to make me change that.. this week, these will be eaten! Nom Nom.. thanks! 🙂
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    • Thank you, Pamela! I do hope you get the chance to make these beans this weekend. You will love ’em! Also, try to get the organic brands I mentioned. The beans are not mushy like others and make the dish nice and hearty. I took some process photos, but haven’t had a chance to upload them. Hopefully, I can do that soon so you can follow along. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the recipe! xo

  16. Oh my word! This is intense!!!

  17. Hello there! Would you mind if I share your blog with my facebook group? There’s a lot of people that I think would really appreciate your content. Please let me know. Cheers
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    • Hi there, Gilbert! Thank you for the compliment and for stopping by. Would you kindly let me know what you mean by “share”? Please know that the recipe in its entirety cannot be published on Facebook as it is copyrighted material. If you are merely talking about sharing a photo and then linking back to the original recipe here on my blog, then my answer would be “yes” giving you full permission to do so. Should you have any questions or need clarification, please write back. Meanwhile, thank you for your interest in Wicked Good Kitchen and for dropping by. Happy cooking and baking!

  18. If you made me these beans, I would howl at the moon. I’m a baked bean lover. I could eat them all day and never tire. Seriously, that beer reduction sounds amazing.
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    • Thank you, Jennie! These baked beans make me howl…and, I can never eat enough of them. Truly addicting!

  19. I just made these for dinner, and everyone LOVED them! My fiancé and I think they’re the best baked beans we’ve ever had! I’m definitely keeping this recipe!

    • Thank you, Jillian! I appreciate you stopping by and sharing your experience with the recipe. It is definitely a dish you cannot stop eating! Thanks again!

  20. When do you add the beer reduction? Am making right now and the BBQ sauce
    is delicious!

    • Hi there, Carol! Thank you for writing. My sincere apologies. I had missed typing the beer reduction in the ingredients list for the BBQ sauce. The beer reduction is a component recipe that is added to the sauce. When you get to the step where the recipe states, “Add all of the sauce ingredients…”, it goes in then. The sauce will be thin, but all gets absorbed during baking. Once again, thank you for writing and alerting me to update the recipe. I truly appreciate it! Enjoy those beans and the remaining days of summer!

  21. Just made the beans for a get together this weekend. Excited for everyone to try them. What temp do you bake the beans at? Also, is there supposed to be a lot of liquid? I reduced the beer down to a cup & a half. Tastes delicious so far! Thank you for an enticing new recipe.

    • Hi there, Kt Luna! Thank you for writing and for the positive feedback. To answer your questions… a) The temperature for the oven should be 350 degrees F., preheated, as stated in the recipe. b) Yes. The mixture will be very thin and “soupy” once the beer is added to the remaining sauce mixture. The sauce thickens (caramelizes) during the long baking period with some of the sauce being absorbed by the beans. Follow the recipe and you are assured success! You should receive many compliments and requests for second helpings as well. 🙂 Once again, thank you for stopping by and have a fabulous Labor Day holiday weekend!

  22. I have made these once and they were absolutely wonderful!! Thank you for the great recipe. I’m going to make them again this weekend for a reunion.

    I had never volunteered to take baked beans to get-togethers in the past, but now I look forward to showing off these tasty beans!


    • Wow! Thank you, Sonya. 🙂 I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe to the point of feeling confident about bringing them to a get-together. Anytime I make them, people rave and rave…and, even ask for seconds along with a request for the recipe. Thanks for taking the time to comment and provide fellow readers with positive feedback. Have fun at the party!

  23. Just made these beans yesterday for our Fourth of July dinner. I followed the recipe to the letter except for cutting it in half. They were amazing! This will be my go-to baked bean recipe from now on. Thanks!!

    • Thank you for the compliment, Kathy! My pleasure. I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe. It is definitely a family favorite!

  24. Instead of baking, could I use my crock pot?

    • Hi Melissa! Yes, you most certainly could use your crock pot. The beans are already cooked, so the sauce just needs to thicken. I have not tested the recipe in a crock pot, so proceed knowing that the sauce is very liquid-y to start (with the beer and all). It will take a good amount of time to cook thoroughly for good results. Please write back and let us all know how your beans turn out!


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