Instant Pot Plant-Based Smokey Brown Sugar BBQ Baked Beans

You can’t go wrong with these smokey sweet BBQ-baked beans. Everything is plant-based – but you’ll still get that lovely smoked flavor. Made in the Instant Pot but tastes like they’ve been slow cooking all day long."

- Veggie Fun Kitchen

maple syrup

Key Ingredient


Dry Beans, Pre-Soaking – 16 ounces dried navy beans – 7 cups water will be discarded Vegetables – 1½ cups yellow onions chopped – 1½ cups green bell pepper chopped – 5 cloves garlic chopped Optional Toppings and Add-Ins – cooked vegan bacon or sausage optional – sliced jalapenos


Cooking liquid and seasonings – 2 cups vegetable broth – ⅓ cup maple syrup – ⅓ cup brown sugar packed – 4 Tablespoons tomato paste – 2 Tablespoons vegan worcestershire sauce – 1½ Tablespoons molasses dark – 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar – 2 teaspoons liquid smoke – 1 teaspoon salt – ¾ teaspoon mustard powder – ¾ teaspoon smoked paprika

Plant Based Smokey Brown Sugar BBQ Baked Beans Recipe


10 Servings


Party Food, Side Dish


50 Minutes



1. Rinse the beans and pick through to make sure there aren't any little rocks. Add to the inner pot. Add in 7 cups of water.

Presoaking the beans the Instant Pot way

2. Close the lid and the vent. Manually set the timer on high for 5 minutes. It will take 10-15 minutes to come to pressure.

Presoaking the beans the Instant Pot way

3. After the Instant Pot comes to pressure and counts down for 5 minutes, allow for a natural release. This will take about 35 minutes.

Presoaking the beans the Instant Pot way

4. After the Instant Pot has released its pressure, open the lid and with something to protect your hands, take out the inner pot and drain the beans. Discard the cooking water.

Presoaking the beans the Instant Pot way

1. While the beans are "soaking" *(cooking) in the instant pot, you can prepare the other ingredients. Chop the onions, peppers, and garlic. Set aside.

The Baked Beans

2. Combine all of the other ingredients: vegetable broth, maple syrup, tomato paste, brown sugar, vegan Worcestershire sauce, molasses, apple cider vinegar, liquid smoke, mustard powder, and smoked paprika. Give it a really good stir.

The Baked Beans

3. After the pre-soaked beans have drained, return them to the pot. Add the chopped onion, peppers, and garlic and the liquid ingredients you already mixed. Give it a good stir.

The Baked Beans

4. According to the manufacturer's directions, close the lid and the seal. Set the pressure cooker on high for 30 minutes. It will take about 10 minutes to come to pressure.

The Baked Beans

5. After the baked beans have counted down to zero and have completed cooking, allow for a natural release. This should take up to 33 minutes. Carefully open the lid.

The Baked Beans

6. Top with any add-ins or toppings you'd like.

The Baked Beans


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