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Hillbilly Baked Beans

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Nothing is more down-home than the wonderful flavors of backwoods country cooking, so it's only fitting that these Hillbilly Baked Beans are one of our most popular slow cooker potluck recipes. They can even be reheated on a grill for a smoky taste that can't be beat!

What You'll Need:
  • 1/2 pound ground chuck
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 1/2 cups barbecue sauce
  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 (15-ounce) can kidney beans, drained
  • 1 (15-1/2-ounce) can butter beans, drained
  • 1 (16-ounce) can pork and beans, not drained
  • 1/2 cup crumbled cooked bacon
What To Do:
  1. In a 5-quart slow cooker, combine meat, onion, barbecue sauce, brown sugar, and water; mix well. Stir in remaining ingredients and cover.
  2. Cook on HIGH 4 hours or on LOW 6 hours. Serve immediately.


  • If you're having a backyard barbecue, you can serve or reheat these in a foil pan or cast iron skillet on your grill. And you can make these in the oven, too. Just put the mixture in a 3-quart casserole dish, cover, and cook in a 350 degree oven about 1-1/2 hours, or until hot and bubbly.

  • For even more slow cooker recipes download our free eCookbook, Slow Cookin' Magic: 28 Scrumptious Slow Cooker Recipes! 

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I made these this weekend they were a hit. I added about 10 shakes of hot sauce.

We too have made these for years, as Calico Beans. I can't wait to try this recipe because I love slow cooker cooking! Thanks!

Do you pre cook the ground chuck

Nope, you don't have to pre-cook the ground chuck before putting it in the slow cooker. Enjoy!

Have made these and they are great. My grandson loves them and he knows his baked beans. They go really fast. Could almost make a meal out of them.

Do you cook the ground chuck before putting it in slow cooker?

Hello! - No, you do not have to cook the ground chuck before putting it in the slow cooker. Enjoy!

My family has made these for years, except here in MN they are known as "Calico Beans." Where that name came from I don't know. But we use ketchup instead of BBQ sauce and add lima beans. We bake them in the oven rather than slow cooking method. One sister doesn't eat pork so she uses turkey bacon but I prefer using the pork bacon for more flavor and we use lean ground beef rather than ground chuck.

Just love these beans will not make any other kind. Make them over and over again. Thanks for the recipe

For those thst just want the recipe to print, highlight the recipe portion and when you go to print, select "Selection" and it will only print out the highlighted portions. Their recipes are almost always only one page.

I forgot to add that we love this recipe and have made them for years, It freezes well and actually tastes better the 2nd or 3rd day, if there is any left!

These were really good but a little watery. I took them to a potluck and they disappeared quickly. Some came back for seconds. Will definately make them again but will cut back on the water.

We have one like this put we use ketchup not bbq sauce,mollasses not water every thing else is the same.

I've been making this for many years but w/ a few revisions. This is my Grandma Kubick's bean casserole. and it's a family and company favorite. I don't use water or bbq sauce. Instead it's 2 T. of vinegar and 1/2 c. ketchup. Nothing but delicious.

These are delicious and couldn't be easier to prepare!

I have cooking these beans since the late 1980's. The best beans I have ever eaten. Every time I serve them to anyone they say the same thing.

All the men in my life love this one! (3 college sons, 1 husband and dad) Everyone asks me for the recipe. I like that I don't have to brown the meat. Then I microwave the bacon, so this recipe goes together quick. Great for family gatherings.

Great recipe. Thanks. Also, in order not to waste the sheet of paper as per some comments, just print page 1. The entire recipe usually fits on 1 page.

Great idea! You can also cut and paste into a Word document and save paper. You can also enlarge the print if necessary.

Very tasty recipe that I have used over and over. It's now our family favorite.

GOOD!. We cooked the gnd beef first and my husband chopped up sme andouille sausage (removed the casings). We used Allen's seasoned lima beans and left out the bacon. It was even better the next day.

I made this recipe for my brother's birthday dinner {2-26-2012}. I used Bush's beans 22 0z.{instead of pork & Beans} & added a can of Red Gold tomatoes with chilies. Awesome.....I didn't take home a single bean!

Oh my Heaven! I tried your suggestions and these were the BEST beans I have ever had. Thanks for posting your options. I'm going to the store to get more beans and tomatoes with chili!

I was hoping for a recipe for baked beans ( only one kind --pinto beans as they are the most delicious when garlic, onion, cumin, a dash of sugar and either ham hock or salt pork is added. That plus a pan of good, homemade corn bread makes a great meal !!

i am so tired of wastng a sheet of paper every time i get a recipe, OH IT'S SO GOOD...i love the recipes otherwise

Have you thought of using index cards ? Or saving the recipes to the recipe box & making them from there ??

I agree with arnie5607 . We should not have to waste paper. We only want the recipe, not advertisements for things like Parents Magazine, etc. If we were interested, we could look them up on our own, and not even use paper. JUST THE RECIPES, PLEASE!

Well, they need the advertisers so they can offer these recipes up for free. It is very simple, just save the recipe to your recipe box here and pull it up when you need it. I take my laptop into the kitchen all the time to make these recipes.

I ALWAYS copy the recipe and put in word; that way you don't get the advertising. Then you can cut out anything you don't want and customize the recipe to look like you'd like. You only use 1 piece of paper that way. Also, a lot of times you can tell it to just print one sheet because usually it's just headers and footers (which you can omit in printing).

COPY and PASTE any of Mr. Food's recipes into an email to yourself and then put said email into a folder named MR. FOOD or RECEIPES. There'll be no ads to clutter up the recipe. The ads are what pays for Mr. Food's site so that it is ALL FREE for us to enjoy.

When you print these recipes from an iPad, they are only one page. I save the recipes that I like to the recipe box and take my iPad to the kitchen

Really a very tasty dish. I'm not crazy about kidney beans, so I substituted pinto beans. So easy to make. With only 2 of us, had a lot left over, put it in the freezer, and a couple months later took it out, it tasted just as good (maybe a little better) as it did when first made. This is another keeper. Thank you, Mr. Food!!!!!

I Know this as Calico Beans. I make all time for potlucks, but I do cook my beef first and drain, then add all to a slow-cooked I add the beans that I have. You can add any type add what you like. yummmmmm=..=

I make a recipie simular to this. The only name that was passed down to me was "Tillies Beans". This is is the very best beans recipie I have ever had. Everyone who has had these rave about them and want the recipie. This recipie makes about double the recipie above. 1.5 lbs ground beef. 1 lb bacon cut into 1" strips while raw 1 onion sliced and chopped. Place the above ingredients in a dutch oven and cook on the stove until the ground beef and bacon are cooked well, drain the fat off. Then add 1-14oz bottle of heinz ketchup 1/2 cup of frenchies yellow mustard 1 cup packed brown sugar 2 cups of water Stir well Add 4 cans drained beans of your choice (navy, white beans,kidney,pork &beans etc...) just not green beans. As you cook on the stove add water as needed. Sometimes extra water is needed, depending on how hot your stove gets. Bring the bean mixture to a rapid boil stirring constantly, then turn down to simmer stirring every few minutes, as the recipie cooks, it then thickens up a bit. Cook on simmer for about 1 hour. You can then serve, or refridgerate till needed. Will keep in the fridge for about 5 days

Chuck, ground beef, probably 80% beef,

What is chuch?


I use spicy Italian sausage and also add a little molasses for mine ... It makes it sweet with a little kick to it.


umm umm good very easy to make and it is a nice change from my normal baked beans

do you brown the hamburger meat before putting into the slow cooker?

No need to brown the meat.

how many carbs per servings


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