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Spicy Baked Beans ~ Summer BBQ Party #SundaySupper

Summer is all about grilling, lazy days, and getting together with good friends, and, of course, chowing down on some delicious summer grub. Today the #SundaySupper crew is throwing a Summer BBQ Party, and I’m hosting. I’m bringing one of my very favorite barbecue dishes, spicy baked beans.

Spicy Baked Beans

I’ve been wanting to host since I joined #SundaySupper over a year ago. Life has settled down since I graduated, so I jumped at the chance to host right away. Needless to say, I’m extremely excited!

These spicy baked beans are inspired by The Pioneer Woman. The idea to use canned beans made me giddy. I mean, how simple? And, at only 49 cents per can, it’s a frugal way to feed a crowd.


Spicy Baked Beans |

You know me, I like all things spicy. My favorite baked beans come from a local BBQ joint, Andy Nelson’s. I could eat three orders of their beans in one sitting. They may set my mouth on fire, yet that doesn’t stop me from shoveling them in. This recipe is just as spicy.

I add jalapeños and red pepper flakes to boost the heat, but the real heat comes from Famous Dave’s Devil Spit Barbecue Sauce. It’s what gives these beans that firey heat I love so much. You know a bottle of barbecue sauce is hot when it comes with a XXX warning and an “Adults Only” label. Yeah, it’s hot!


Spicy Baked Beans |

Can you back down on the heat? Sure… But why would you want to? If you’re not a fan of spicy beans, these would be just as delicious without the jalapeños and a less potent barbecue sauce. Psht, sissy!

Spicy Baked Beans |

These beans aren’t for the faint of heart. The beans start off sweet, and then they gradually hit you with heat.They’re knock-your-socks-off spicy. They’re make-your-upper-lip-sweat spicy. Each bite will tingle your tongue, and after a few more bites, your lips will begin to burn. It’s a good burn, though.

While they are spicy, they’re also addictive. Promise!

Spicy Baked Beans |

Now, bust out your squirt guns and get your BBQ on!

Squirt Gun Fight

Head on over and check out the other fabulous Summer BBQ Party recipes:


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Spicy Baked Beans
Recipe Type: Side Dish
Author: Jennie
Prep time:
Cook time:
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Serves: 8
Inspired by The Pioneer Woman
  • 6 slices thick-cut bacon, cut into 1/2-inch strips
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 1 cup green pepper, diced
  • 2 jalapeños, diced
  • 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 4-16oz. cans Pork N Beans
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup spicy barbecue sauce (your favorite)
  • 2 tbs. cider vinegar
  • 1 tbs. yellow mustard
  • 1 tsp. worcestershire sauce
  • S&P
  1. Add the bacon to a large saucepan. Cook over medium heat until the bacon is crispy. Transfer the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate; set aside.
  2. Remove all but 2 tbs. of the bacon fat from the pan. Add the onions, green pepper, jalapeño, and red pepper flakes to the pan. Sprinkle with a generous pinch of salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are translucent and the peppers are tender, about 5-6 minutes.
  3. Turn the heat down to low and add the beans. Stir in the last 5 ingredients and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes.
  4. Transfer the beans to a baking dish. Top with crumbled bacon. Bake on 350 degrees F. until bubbly, about 15 minutes.


75 Responses to “Spicy Baked Beans ~ Summer BBQ Party #SundaySupper”

  1. #
    The Ninja Baker — June 30, 2013 at 6:05 am

    I’m not surprised you’ve created knock-your-socks off beans, Jennie. Everything you make whether sweet or savory delivers a punch, right? =)

    Thank you BTW for the intro to Dave’s BBQ sauce =)


    • Jennie replied June 30th, 2013 at 7:56 pm

      Thank you for the lovely comments. You are so sweet. Devil Spit BBQ is a must try.


  2. #
    Nicole @ Daily Dish Recipes — June 30, 2013 at 8:16 am

    Jennie, these beans look amazing! I love that they are spicy and I really need to find that BBQ sauce. Yum!
    Love the water gun pic! :)


    • Jennie replied June 30th, 2013 at 7:57 pm

      Thanks, Nicole. I found it at Food Lion.


  3. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — June 30, 2013 at 9:01 am

    Yum, yum, yum!! I love how you zipped up baked beans!!! I have to make this recipe!!


  4. #
    Jen @JuanitasCocina — June 30, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Look at that beautiful bean goodness! (heh…I just had to say it!)


  5. #
    Liz — June 30, 2013 at 10:11 am

    I make baked beans about once a decade for the hubby! I think I’m due…and your recipe looks perfect! Thanks for hosting, my friend!


  6. #
    Renee — June 30, 2013 at 10:16 am

    Bring on the heat! I’m searching for the BBQ sauce now. I can see spicing up baked beans from now on.


  7. #
    Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes — June 30, 2013 at 10:17 am

    Spicy beans, the recipe sounds amazing! And it looks so damn great too. Love the last pic, lol! Thanks for hosting Jennie!


  8. #
    Emily @ Life on Food — June 30, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Baked beans are always my favorite part of a good BBQ. These look superb!


  9. #
    Conni @FoodieArmyWife — June 30, 2013 at 10:25 am

    LOL! I am an ABSOLUTE sissy when it comes to spicy food! I admit it. I can handle a little heat, but for the hubby – the hotter the better. He’d probably be all over these beans!


  10. #
    Trish @infinebalance — June 30, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Love baked beans! A must for any BBQ


  11. #
    Heather @girlichef — June 30, 2013 at 10:38 am

    I totally have a “thing” for baked beans…grew up with them, and cannot resist them! These sound so good (I’ve actually made P-dub’s a couple of times before)…and the photos just have my tastebuds on high alert!


  12. #
    [email protected] & Trinkets — June 30, 2013 at 10:52 am

    Ooh, Jennie, if you ever get the chance to go to Suzie’s Hot Sauce in New Hope, PA, you should. They have spicy everything (pickles, chocolate, etc) and little tasting stations where you can sample all the different hot sauces.

    I totally have a can of pork and beans in the basement gathering dust. I think I might be making some of these baked beans soon…


  13. #
    Courtney @ Neighborfood — June 30, 2013 at 11:04 am

    I love sweet and spicy flavors together. And that last picture is awesome! Thanks for sharing!


  14. #
    Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom — June 30, 2013 at 11:05 am

    I’m with you re: summer. . and LOVE spicy baked beans. . yum!! Love that the BBQ sauce comes with a XXX warning and an “Adults Only” label. Awesome! and love the photo of you with the water gun!!! love it!


  15. #
    Shannon @VillageGirlBlog — June 30, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Yum! Those beans look amazing. Love the sweet heat! Thanks for hosting such a fun event!!


  16. #
    Katy — June 30, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Gosh, these sound amazing! Perfect for that summery sizzle taste! Thank you for hosting!


  17. #
    Tara — June 30, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Great recipe, my daughter is the lover of baked beans in this household and she would go crazy for those!!


  18. #
    Micha @ Cookin' Mimi — June 30, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    I am so trying these. I adore spicy food and baked beans so this is a match made in barbecue heaven.


  19. #
    Soni — June 30, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Woud love me some spicy baked beans :) They look and sound absolutely delicious!!


  20. #
    Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons — June 30, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    I’ve only just recently started liking baked beans, and it’s because I’ve had some spicy ones recently. I’ll have to keep an eye out for that spicy bbq sauce! Also – beautiful photos. I’m sure it was a challenge to take such gorgeous pics of such an….errrrr….not gorgeous-looking dish :)

    Thanks for hosting this week, internet troubles and all!


    • Jennie replied July 1st, 2013 at 10:20 am

      Beans are by all means not glorious, so, yes, the photography was a bit challenging. Thank you so much!


  21. #
    CCU — June 30, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    Baked beans look so delicious :D



  22. #
    Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen (@BobbisKozyKtchn) — June 30, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    Bring on the heat is our motto, the hotter the better! So this is right up our alley! And I would so challenge you to a water gun fight :) Thanks for hosting this week!!


    • Jennie replied July 1st, 2013 at 10:16 am

      That’s our motto in our house, too. Thanks!


  23. #
    Diana @EatMoveShine — June 30, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    Talk about some heat… wow! Great recipe, and thanks for hosting this week! And adorable final picture too! :-)


  24. #
    gail {A Stack of Dishes} — July 1, 2013 at 6:38 am

    Love me some kick A** beans- especially if it brings out the commando in a girl! LOVE that photo and awesome recipe. Thanks for hosting this week!


    • Jennie replied July 1st, 2013 at 10:15 am

      Thank you so much, Gail!


  25. #
    Anita at Hungry Couple — July 1, 2013 at 8:30 am

    OK, I confess that I might tone down the heat for myself. :) But I still love a great bean dish!


    • Jennie replied July 1st, 2013 at 10:13 am

      That’s okay, Anita. I won’t hold that against you. You’re still my girl.


  26. #
    Katie — July 1, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Yum! Bring on the spice, I say! I would love a big bowl of these baked beans…


    • Jennie replied July 1st, 2013 at 10:12 am

      Thanks, Katie. Heck yeah, bring it on!


  27. #
    Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere — July 1, 2013 at 9:59 am

    We love Famous Dave’s sauce over here, but I can’t believe we haven’t tried the Devil’s Spirit one yet with as much as we love spicy! These sound fantastic!


    • Jennie replied July 1st, 2013 at 10:12 am

      Thanks, Sarah! You have to try–so good!


  28. #
    Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking — July 1, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    HAHAHAHA! You and that squirt gun, too funny! I love a good kick in my food! I think this would go so well with any grilled meat and some cool coleslaw. I can taste the burn already!


  29. #
    Family Foodie — July 1, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    Oh my, these sound so good. I could go for some now. I love that they have a spicy kick to them!


  30. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — July 1, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    Holy yumminess! These look like the baked beans of my dreams… Amazing recipe, Jennie! Perfect for BBQ’ing.


  31. #
    Sarah — July 2, 2013 at 12:15 am

    I love all kinds of baked beans, these look AMAZING


  32. #
    Jenn and Seth — July 2, 2013 at 12:47 am

    I never thought I liked baked beans but these sound so absolutely delicious I am dying to try them!


  33. #
    Jocelyn @ BruCrew Life — July 3, 2013 at 1:49 am

    This looks awesome!!! I great addition to a BBQ!!


  34. #
    Hezzi-D — July 4, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Sounds like a great way to jazz up Baked Beans!


  35. #
    Carla — July 4, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Yup, I’m a sissy! I’d go for a few jalapenos and a sweeter bbq sauce. Great job hosting!


  36. #
    Cindys Recipes and Writings — July 4, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    Got to have Baked Beans at a picnic! Thanks for hosting!


  37. #
    Chris Baccus — July 7, 2013 at 12:31 am

    Great job hosting last week. My weekend went crazy and I’m finally catching up on seeing all the great bbq recipes. Love a good a baked beans dish. Thanks!


  38. #
    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — July 12, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    Jennie, just posted my baked bean recipe today, with a dark beer reduction. Great minds think alike! Your baked beans look spicy and super yummy! Perfect for backyard cookouts to serve a crowd. Thanks for sharing! xo


  39. #
    Kim Bee — July 15, 2013 at 2:49 am

    Love the recipe but really love the photo at the end. Hilarious. My daughter belongs to a nerf club, she’s 19 and they have a blast doing it.


    • Jennie replied July 15th, 2013 at 6:48 pm

      Thanks, Kim. I had to show off my squirt gun face.



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