9 East-to-Do Side Dishes for Summer Barbecue Picnics

9 East-to-Do Side Dishes for Summer Barbecue Picnics

Baked beans

Baked beans are a classic barbecue side dish that are easy to make and always a crowd-pleaser. The combination of beans, bacon, and a sweet and savory sauce make for a delicious and comforting dish.


  • 1 lb. of navy beans soaked overnight and drained
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 4 slices of bacon diced
  • 1/2 cup of ketchup
  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of molasses
  • 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C)
  • In a large pot, cover the navy beans with water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 1 hour, or until the beans are tender. Drain the beans and set aside.
  • In a large skillet, cook the bacon over medium heat until crispy. Remove the bacon from the skillet and set aside.
  • Add the onion and garlic to the skillet and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the ketchup, brown sugar, molasses, Dijon mustard, smoked paprika, salt and pepper.
  • Add the cooked bacon, onion and garlic mixture, and cooked navy beans to the bowl, and stir to combine.
  • Transfer the bean mixture to a baking dish and bake for about 45 minutes, or until the sauce is bubbly and the top is golden brown.


This recipe is a classic and easy way to enjoy baked beans during the summer. You can use any kind of beans you prefer, and you can add or change ingredients to suit your taste. For instance, you can use different kind of meat like pork shoulder, or sausage, instead of bacon. You can also use different kind of sauce like BBQ sauce, or Worcestershire sauce. Baked beans pair well with grilled meats, fish, or chicken, and it’s also a great option for vegetarians and vegans as well. You can also add some sliced jalapeños, or hot sauce, to give it an extra kick.
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