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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ingredients to Make Root Beer Baked Beans:
- Great Northern beans
- Tomato Paste
- Brown Sugar Barbeque Sauce
- Root Beer
How to Make Root Beer 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.
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.
After the bacon is crispy, I place my pieces on a paper towel to remove some of the greases.
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.
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.
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.
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?)
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.
If you are a fan of Baked Beans, you will want to see these other recipes that are here on my blog too!
- Instant Pot Baked Beans – an easy from scratch recipe that can be made so easily!
- Slow Cooker Baked Beans with Ham– no need to turn on the oven with this recipe.
- Slow Cooker BBQ Kielbasa and Beans – a great crock-pot recipe for summer BBQ’s.
Root Beer Baked Beans
- 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.