Campfire Baked Beans

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Nothing says “hello BBQ” like a big pot of yummy baked beans. What’s a cookout without them? We always thought that baked beans were one of those classics that took hours of babysitting. We always took the short cut and poured it from a can.

We were very wrong! Not only are they super easy to make, it’s also cheap to make. For us, this summer and fall essential will never come from a can again.

Ingredients:Campfire Baked Beans

  • 4 cups dry pinto beans
  • 1/2 lbs thick-cut bacon, cut into pieces
  • 2 bell peppers, diced
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tbsp stone ground mustard
  • 2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper


Soak dry pinto beans in cold water for 2 hours. Sort out any rock fragments. In a dutch oven, sauté the bacon pieces until fat is rendered and crispy. Remove and drain on a paper towel, separate 1/2 to save as garnish. Add bell peppers and onions to the pot, and cook until soft and slightly brown. Add the beans and cover with water by 1 inch. Bring to a boil and add the brown sugar, ketchup, mustard, red pepper flakes, salt, pepper, garlic and half of the bacon. Reduce the heat to a simmer, cover and cook until the beans are tender and the liquid is thick, about 3 to 4 hours. Garnish with extra bacon.

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