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Easy BBQ Baked Beans

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
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
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.