Root Beer Baked Beans


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Root Beer Baked Beans are so easy to make and full of great flavor. You will find these beans loaded with bacon, onion, brown sugar barbecue sauce, garlic, tomato paste, and root beer. Make them for your next summer barbecue.

Root Beer Baked Beans on a spoon

Root Beer Baked Beans

Have you ever cooked or baked with root beer? Adding soda to savory dishes, Slow Cooker Coke Pulled Pork, or a sweet dessert like Root Beer Float Cupcakes always results in a flavorful recipe. Even if you are not a fan of root beer, give these recipes a try.

Root Beer Baked Beans with bacon in a casserole dish

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Sweetened baked beans are always a crowd pleaser for summer barbecues. Root beer and brown sugar give these Root Beer Baked beans just the right amount of sweetness. No need to add molasses or mustard like most baked bean recipes.

Root Beer Baked beans in a bowl.

I used canned Great Northern Beans for my Root Beer Baked Beans. You could use canned pork and beans or even canned baked beans to keep the recipe simple. If you should decide to use either of those options for this recipe, omit the tomato paste, it will not be needed.

Baked Beans with Bacon and onion on a spoon.

Using brown sugar flavored barbeque sauce is key for Root Beer Baked Beans. Most grocery stores offer a store brand Brown Sugar BBQ sauce or Kraft brand is readily available. If you do not have the brown sugar variety, you may want to add a 1/4 cup of brown sugar to your sauce.

Baked Beans in a bowl with text.

Ingredients to Make Root Beer Baked Beans:

  • Great Northern beans
  • Bacon
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Tomato Paste
  • Brown Sugar Barbeque Sauce
  • Root Beer

Ingredients to make Root Beer Baked Beans

How to Make Root Beer Baked Beans

Raw bacon for baked beans.

First, I dice my bacon strips and fry. This process will allow the bacon to cook quicker. It also allows each piece to be crispy.

Fried bacon in a pan.

While my bacon is frying I dice the onion. I use an entire small onion. If you have picky eaters, you can omit the onion or puree to ide them.

Diced onions on a cutting board.

After the bacon is crispy, I place my pieces on a paper towel to remove some of the greases.

Fried bacon pieces on a paper towel.

Then, add the onion to the empty pan with the bacon grease. I cook until slightly translucent. The onion will finish cooking when the dish is baking in the oven.

Diced onions cooking in a pan.

Next, I make the sauce in a small bowl. The sauce is a combination of root beer, brown sugar barbeque, garlic and tomato paste. Very simple. Whisking in a bowl lets you combine all the flavors of the sauce equally.

Root Beer sauce for baked beans.

At this step, I drain my Great Northern Beans and add to a casserole dish. The dish I use is approximately a 9X13 oven safe dish.  Then, I add in the sauce and stir to combine.

Adding sauce to baked beans.

These easy baked beans are baked in the oven for approximately 45 minutes. You can most definitely make them ahead of time for a potluck or picnic. They even taste great cold. (Do any of you like your beans chilled?)

Root beer baked beans.

During the summer, I am constantly making baked beans with bacon. This root beer version is flavorful and I always have requests for the recipe.

Root beer baked beans in a white bowl.

If you are a fan of Baked Beans, you will want to see these other recipes that are here on my blog too!

4.75 from 4 votes

Root Beer Baked Beans

By: Jen CIncyshopper
Root Beer Baked Beans are so easy to make and full of great flavor. You will find these beans loaded with bacon, onion, brown sugar barbecue sauce, garlic, tomato paste, and root beer. Make them for your next summer barbecue.
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes
Total: 1 hour
Servings: 6 servings


  • 3 can, 15 oz Great Northern Beans, drained
  • 3 oz Tomato Paste
  • 1 small Onion, diced
  • 6 strips Bacon
  • 1/2 tsp minced Garlic
  • 10 oz Root Beer
  • 3/4 cup Brown Sugar Barbeque Sauce


  • Preheat oven to 325.
  • Cut bacon into 1" pieces.
  • Cook bacon over medium heat until browned.
  • Remove bacon from skillet to paper towels.
  • Cook onion over medium low heat until softened and transparent.
  • In a bowl, combine Root Beer, tomato paste, garlic and barbeque sauce.
  • Whisk until blended.
  • Put drained beans in a baking dish.
  • Add bacon, onions and sauce. Stir to combine.
  • Bake for 35-45 minutes, until sauce is bubbling and hot.


Calories: 422kcal, Carbohydrates: 64g, Protein: 21g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 15mg, Sodium: 832mg, Potassium: 977mg, Fiber: 11g, Sugar: 16g, Vitamin A: 216IU, Vitamin C: 7mg, Calcium: 124mg, Iron: 4mg
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Small collage of easy Root Beer Baked Beans.


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  1. 5 stars
    Decadent and surprisingly pretty, too! Hearty side dish. My husband flipped over these beans! I did not use brown sugar bar b q, just original bar b q sauce and they could not have been better! THank you for sharing this recipe!

  2. 4 stars
    I ever cooked or baked with root beer or soda however, your recipes totally changed my mind. I can’t wait to try it.