Southern Baked Beans for a BBQ Side Dish: Try the Recipe

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For National Barbecue Month in May, we’re highlighting a series of hearty recipes from smoked meats to side dishes.

Today, we’re swooning over these Southern-inspired baked goods from food blog The Cagle Diaries.

Melanie Cagle, founder of The Cagle Diaries, says her husband likes to “imagine it” when it comes to baked beans. So, this recipe is “full of ground beef and sausage, so it’s almost a meal in itself,” says the food blogger.

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“The sweet, smoky bean flavor really complements a good potato salad,” Cagle adds.

Get the full recipe below.

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Southern Baked Beans by Melanie Cagle,

Makes 12 servings

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 2 hours

Southern Baked Beans by Megan Cagle,
(Melani Kaggle / The Kaggle Diaries)


8 bacon strips

1 large sweet onion

1 large green pepper

1 large celery stalk

3 cloves garlic

1 pound minced meat

4 15-ounce cans Pork & Beans

1 tbsp. Brown sugar

1 tbsp. Whole grain mustard

⅓ cup BBQ sauce

1 pound minced meat

1 tbsp. Creole seasoning

Southern Baked Beans by Megan Cagle,

Southern Baked Beans by Megan Cagle,
(Melani Kaggle / The Kaggle Diaries)



1. Chop and cook the bacon.

2. Remove the bacon and set aside, letting it thaw.

3. Cook triangulation (onions, bell peppers, celery) with garlic in bacon fat.

4. Add the beans, sugar, mustard and BBQ sauce and stir until combined.

5. Fry the ground beef with Creole seasoning and then add it back to the beans with the bacon.

6. Stir, cover and cook over low heat for 2 hours.

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