Slow Cooker BBQ Baked Beans with Pork | picnic, potluck, crockpot, party food, family style, comfort food, pork, beans

What is better than a side dish for a summer BBQ that practically cooks itself?

These Slow Cooker BBQ Baked Beans with Pork will be an instant hit at any summer BBQ, and the best news is they are incredibly easy to prepare and keep warm thanks to the use of your slow cooker!

Hearty and full of flavor yet incredibly simple, you’ll find that this recipe can easily be served as a slow cooker main dish for dinner in addition to being a great BBQ side dish.

Slow Cooker Baked Beans with Pork | picnic, fourth of july, party, slow cooker, crockpot baked beans, family style recipe, comfort food

For this recipe, first you’ll start by sautéing one large white onion that has been peeled and chopped. After that, you’ll add some boneless pork ribs that you’ve cut into cubes along with some of my favorite Southwestern Pork Rub for seasoning. 

Cook the pork ribs until they’ve browned on all sides, then add the brown sugar, honey, fire roasted tomatoes, and canned baked beans.  Next, you’ll want to transfer the mixture to your slow cooker along with 1 lb. of sliced smoked pork sausage. Stir it all up with a spatula and let it cook on low for about 4 – 6 hours.

Slow Cooker BBQ Baked Beans with Pork | picnic, potluck, crockpot, party food, family style, comfort food, pork, beans

Fun Flavor Twists to Customize the Recipe

Enjoy this recipe as written below. Or try these easy upgrades:

  • Add roasted or sautéed bell peppers, poblanos, or jalapeños for extra veggies and a kick of spice.
  • Double up on the sausage and use 2 lbs rather than 1 and no pork ribs.
  • Add shredded or chopped beef brisket instead of pork – this is a great way to use up leftover meat, too!
  • Try this Slow Cooker Southwestern Pulled Pork as an addition rather than pork sausage and boneless pork ribs.

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You’ll definitely want a nice sharp knife to cut the boneless pork ribs and smoked pork sausage in this recipe. I love this set from Good Cook because it provides a variety of sizes for everyday use. Measuring spoons and cups are also essential for accurate measuring.

That’s it, this recipe is super simple, so you can definitely dress it up as you like with some of the ideas above, or eat it as is. Happy BBQing!

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Slow Cooker BBQ Baked Beans with Pork | picnic, potluck, crockpot, party food, family style, comfort food, pork, beans


Slow Cooker BBQ Baked Beans with Pork

Good Cook

Savory meets hearty with a touch of honeyed sweetness in this delicious crockpot baked bean recipe.

  • Prep Time: 15
  • Total Time: 15
  • Yield: 8


  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large white onion, chopped
  • 1 1/2 lbs boneless pork ribs, cubed
  • 1 Tbsp prepared Pork Rub or BBQ seasoning
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 (28 oz) cans Original Baked Beans
  • 1 (14.5 oZ) can fire roasted tomatoes, drained and juices discarded
  • 1 lb smoked pork sausage
  • salt and pepper, to taste


In a cast iron skillet or sauté pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and sauté until tender, about 4 minutes. Add the pork ribs and Pork Rub seasoning. Cook until browned on all sides. Add the honey, brown sugar, baked beans, and tomatoes. Stir to combine and scrape up any browned bits on the bottom of the pan. Transfer the mixture to the pot of your slow cooker. Add the sausage, stir to combine and cover with the lid. Cook on low heat for 4 – 6 hours. Season to taste with salt and pepper if desired.

Posted in Side Dishes, Main Dishes, Dinner by Goodcook staff |