Easy BBQ Baked Beans

At BBQ’s, I’m all about the side dishes! I adore a good veggie burger, but with so many delicious salads, fruits, and vegetables, I’m totally ok with no hamburger, hot dog, or sandwich, no matter how meatless they are. Side dishes like potato salad, watermelon, corn, baked beans, coleslaw, maybe chips and salsa, a quinoa salad, veggie platter, etc. will fill me up on their own! Is anyone else ok with side dishes being the main dish? It might be my unpopular opinion.

These baked beans are purposefully not baked in the oven as to not heat your house up. Baked beans that are actually baked have to sit in the hot oven for at least an hour, which is waaaaay too long to have the oven on, in my book! This quick recipe uses canned or pre-cooked beans, which saves a lot of time. The sauce is addicting. LIke, you’re going to actually lick your plate. Liquid smoke and smoked paprika bring the smokiness of bacon, and a little maple syrup and molasses make them perfectly sweet. Can’t wait to hear how you like these! I scoured the internet of every possible way to make baked beans in order to produce the best of all worlds. Take these to every potluck this summer, and the vegetarians will sing your praises for bringing a filling, plant-based option, and everyone else will just think you’re awesome for bringing something downright delicious.

Easy BBQ Baked Beans
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
 

These vegan, Instant Pot (or Crock Pot) baked beans are made completely from scratch (no store-bought BBQ sauce, here!) and taste amazing! Smoky, sweet, tangy perfection and so very healthy for you!

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked beans, BBQ, easy, from scratch, instant pot, quick, slow cooker, vegan
Servings: 5 cups
Author: Faithful Plateful
Ingredients
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 jalepeno, minced (can use the whole thing for more heat)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can tomato sauce (14 oz)
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 TBSP soy sauce
  • 3 TBSP pure maple syrup
  • 3 TBSP molasses (or more maple syrup)
  • 4 TBSP yellow mustard
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp liquid smoke
  • 3 cans small white beans (or 4 cups, cooked)
Instructions
Instant Pot Directions (about 30 minutes total time)
  1. Using the saute feature, saute the onions and jalepeno for about 8 minutes, or until brown and soft. Add garlic, and saute 1 minute more.

  2. Meanwhile, while onions are cooking, combine all the reamining ingredeints (except beans) in a bowl or liquid measuring cup.

  3. Add sauce to the onion mixture, set Instant Pot to pressure cook the sauce for 10 minutes.

  4. Choose either a natural or quick release, then add the beans and stir together and taste. Add more liquid smoke for stronger smokiness, more syrup for more sweetness.

Slow-Cooker Method (3 hours, but makes your house smell amazing!)
  1. In a skillet, saute aute the onions and jalepeno for about 8 minutes, or until brown and soft. Add garlic, and saute 1 minute more.

  2. Meanwhile, while onions are cooking, combine all the reamining ingredeints (except beans) in a bowl or liquid measuring cup.

  3. Once onions are soft, combine the onions, sauce, and beans into a slow cooker. Cook on low for 3 hours, or until onions are completely soft and sauce is dark red and sweet. Taste, and adjust if necessary. I haven't added anything, but you can add more liquid smoke for stronger smokiness, more syrup for more sweetness.

Recipe Notes

Recipe adapted from Forks Over Knives. 



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