STREAMING NOW: Simply Nigella

Root Beer Baked Beans (Southern Living, 2004)

sparkle sparkle

Want more from Genius Kitchen?

Watch on your Apple TV, Roku, or Fire TV and your iOS, Fire, or Android device.

Learn More
“Easy to transform canned baked beans into amazing baked beans by stirring in root beer and a few other magic ingredients! The 15 minute prep time might make this a family (and cook) favorite!”
1hr 10mins

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 3 bacon, slices
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 (16 ounce) cans pork and beans
  • 12 cup root beer (not diet)
  • 14 cup hickory-smoked barbecue sauce
  • 12 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 18 teaspoon hot sauce (I use Tabasco)


  1. While raw, chop bacon into small bits. I typically just stack and chop the slices I'm going to use. Place in skillet over medium heat and cook until crisp; remove bacon and drain on paper towel, reserving 2 Tablespoons bacon drippings in skillet.
  2. Saute onion in hot bacon drippings until tender. Stir together bacon, onion, beans and remaining seasonings and place in 1 quart baking dish.
  3. Bake beans, uncovered, at 400F for 55 minutes or until sauce is thickened.

Watch more

Join the Conversation

  • all
  • reviews
  • tweaks
  • q & a