These Slow Cooker BBQ Baked Beans with Kielbasa are a super easy way to get all the flavors you love about BBQ baked beans kicked up with kielbasa sausage and made simple with a slow cooker. It’s a one pot side or meal, and everyone loves it.
BBQ baked beans are a staple of any party any time of year. They pair perfectly with the delicious barbecue options of summer grilling, and they’re the perfect side for all things fried. When fall and winter roll around, these delicious, flavorful beans are perfect as a side for almost any meal. These are some of the best slow cooker beans you will ever eat.
Yes, BBQ baked beans are a classic, but we thought we could make them better. And we did. These slow cooker BBQ baked beans are kicked up several notches with the addition of smoky, delicious kielbasa sausage, and the entire recipe is made in a slow cooker. Talk about easy and delicious!
We’ve been bringing baked beans to parties for years, and with this delicious new take on an old favorite, we’ve found a dish that surprises everyone and has them coming back for more again and again. It’s that good.
Slow Cooker BBQ Baked Beans with Kielbasa
Oh my, these are some of the best slow cooker bbq beans you’ll ever eat. All you do is put everything in the slow cooker, and let it cook. You can leave it all day, just give it a good stir, and your beans are ready to serve. The flavor is just delicious, and they’ll go great with burgers, or a steak. Everyone will love these and trust me, they’ll come back for seconds. Keep this one in your favorites!
So what do we love about BBQ baked beans? Well, there’s that rich, barbecue flavor. There are also perfectly cooked beans that have just the right combination of firmness and tenderness. And who can forget the meat! Any good baked beans recipe has meat in it.
Well, this slow cooker BBQ Baked beans recipe has all of that. We switched out the traditional bacon or ground beef for smoky kielbasa to give it a slightly different flavor, and we simplified the recipe, so you get everything you love about baked beans in an easy to make recipe that’s no muss and no fuss.
Delicious BBQ Kielbasa Baked Beans
These BBQ baked beans came to be one night when we where looking for something to make for dinner and had no clue what we wanted. Making this meal since it’s made in the slow cooker wasn’t going to work out but I decided it would be great for the next night. We through everything in the crockpot that morning and had dinner for that night.
We had this for dinner that night with a salad but then decided it could be a perfect side dish too. after all it is baked beans but with a lot more flavor and protein! It sure is
This is a semi-homemade recipe, so the ingredient list is incredibly simple. You probably have most of the ingredients in your kitchen already. You might even have the kielbasa if you’re a fan of this tasty sausage. Here’s everything you’ll need.
- Polska kielbasa
- Pork n Beans
- Chopped sweet onion
- Minced garlic
- Brown sugar
- Coarse ground garlic salt
- Dry ground mustard
- Black strap molasses
That’s the entire ingredient list. See? There’s nothing fancy here at all. Almost all of these ingredients are in most kitchens already, so there’s practically no shopping to do at all.
Making Slow Cooker BBQ Baked Beans with Kielbasa
If you thought the ingredient list was simple, wait until you see the actual recipe. Easy peasy. You’ll find amounts and times in the recipe card below, but the recipe overview that follows will give you an idea of just how easy it is to make this tasty dish. It’s basically just dumping and letting the slow cooker do all the work! REMEMBER THE FULL RECIPE IS IN THE PRINTABLE RECIPE CARD BELOW!
- Place the lid on the slow cooker and set to high heat.
- While the slow cooker is heating, slice the kielbasa into even pieces.
- Place the kielbasa pieces on the bottom of the slow cooker for about 45 minutes, then turn and leave for another 15 minutes.
- Add the Pork n Beans, chopped onion, minced garlic, brown sugar, garlic salt, ground mustard, molasses, and ketchup.
- Stir, making sure kielbasa is throughly mixed throughout the beans.
- Cook on high until beans are bubbling.
- Stir well and set slow cooker to low or keep warm, stirring occasionally until serving.
Topping your beans and kielbasa
We like to add a bit of crispy bacon to our beans and kielbasa because well it’s bacon! Who doesn’t like bacon?! We add some parley too. We just set a bowl of chopped crispy bacon and parley on the table and add it as we serve it. Or you can let your guest do it if it’s for a potluck sort of meal.
One of the great things about these slow cooker BBQ baked beans is how easy it is to switch up their flavor. Just a couple of tweaks, and you’ll have a completely different flavor in every batch!
Change the Beans
This recipe calls for classic Pork n Beans, but you can use any kind of canned baked beans you like. Look for brands like Bush’s Baked Beans that have a wide variety of flavors. In one simple substitution, you can change the entire flavor of this recipe.
Try Different Sausages
Another great way to change the flavor of these beans is to try different sausages. There are all kinds of kielbasa variations out there. In addition to those, you can try summer sausage, bratwurst, and even Italian sausage. They’re all great options.
Add Some Heat
We just mentioned different types of sausages. Well, some of those types have jalapeno and other spicy ingredients. Try adding a kick of heat with one of those varieties or simply add some red pepper flakes or diced jalapeno. Leave out the seeds unless you just like pain.
Serving Slow Cooker BBQ Baked Beans
These delicious baked beans are perfect for a weeknight meal or as an addition to any party or potluck. If you’re serving them as a family meal, pair them with a simple salad to get in some extra veggies with your meal. If you’re bringing them to a potluck, simply set them out in the slow cooker vessel and let everyone take as much as they want!
These beans make a perfect compliment to all of your party favorites like fried chicken, grilled chops and steaks, macaroni and cheese, and the like.
Storing Slow Cooker BBQ Baked Beans
These beans will keep well in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for a good five days. For longer storage, you can freeze these beans for up to six months in an air-tight, freezer-safe container or heavy-duty freezer bags.
Can I freeze Slow Cooker BBQ Baked Beans?
Absolutely! The beans will keep like fresh in an air-tight, freezer-safe container or heavy-duty freezer bags for up to 6 months. To defrost, leave them in the fridge overnight to defrost. Then place them in a pan and cook on low/medium heat until heated through.
Can I use any kind of canned baked beans?
Yes! Choose whatever variety you like. Each will produce a slightly different flavor.
Can I use different sausages?
Absolutely. Changing the type of sausage you use is a great way to add variety to this dish.
How do I freeze these beans?
To freeze the beans, place them in the refrigerator for about six hours to cool completely. Then, transfer them to a freezer-safe, air-tight container or heavy-duty freezer bags.
How do I reheat these beans?
Place the beans in a pot and heat them over medium-low heat until bubbly.
Give These Slow Cooker BBQ Baked Beans a Try
These slow cooker BBQ baked beans take the classic baked beans we all love and make them easier and tastier with a kick of kielbasa flavor. Serve them as an easy weeknight meal or as a side at any get-together. Give them a try. We known that once you do, you’ll make them as often as we do!
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Slow Cooker BBQ Baked Beans with Kielbasa
- 1 16 ounce Package of Kielbasa
- 4 14 – 17 ounce cans Pork n Beans
- 1 small Onion, chopped
- 1 teaspoon of Garlic, minced
- 1 cup Brown Sugar
- 1 teaspoon Garlic Salt
- 1 Tablespoon of Dry Ground Mustard
- 3 Tablespoons of Black Strap Molasses
- 1/2 cup of Ketchup
- Place the lid on the Crock Pot, and turn the Crock Pot on High heat.
- Open the Kielbasa, and slice in round pieces, and place the pieces in the bottom of the Crock Pot. Leave the Kielbasa in the bottom of the Crock Pot for about 45 minutes, then turn the pieces, and leave for another 15 minutes.
- Add the pork 'n beans. Then add the chopped onion. Add minced garlic, brown sugar, garlic salt, ground mustard, molasses, and ketchup.
- Stir all ingredients together, making sure to stir Kielbasa into the beans. Leave the Crock Pot on high and cook the beans until they're bubbling, about 4 or 5 hours. Stir well, and turn the Crock Pot to low or keep warm, and stir occasionally until time to serve!