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Easy Stove Top Bourbon Baked Beans

Course: party food, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bourbon baked beans, easy baked beans
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Servings: 5
Calories: 179kcal
Author: Cindy Rainey
Smokey and sweet with a subtle kick from bourbon whisky, these stove top baked beans will taste like you spent all day cooking. The trick is using canned beans and just the right flavor combination of seasonings to give these beans an authentic baked bean taste.
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  • stove top
  • large heavy duty non-stick sauce pan


  • 1 cup yellow onion chopped
  • 1 cup bell pepper (any color) chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons oil such as avocado oil
  • ¼ cup Bourbon whisky
  • 2 15 ounce cans white beans undrained
  • cup brown sugar packed
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 Tablespoon molasses
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce vegan
  • ½ Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon salt


  • Chop the onions, garlic, and peppers. Set aside.
  • Heat the oil in a large heavy duty non-stick saucepan. Add the onions, garlic, and peppers to the pan and saute on medium/high for about 5-7 minutes until the vegetables have begun to brown a little around the edges. Watch the garlic though so that it doesn't burn.
  • Add in the bourbon whisky and stir around, scraping the bottom of the pan, to deglaze any little brown bits from the bottom of the pan
  • Add in the undrained beans, brown sugar, tomato paste, molasses, Worcestershire sauce, apple cider vinegar, yellow mustard, liquid smoke, smoked paprika, and salt. Stir until well combined
  • Bring to a boil while stirring.
  • Turn the heat down to low/med and allow to simmer for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it's thick and saucy and the flavors have melded well.


If you take this dish to serve to others, you must put a note near the dish saying that it contains bourbon. Even a simple "Bourbon Baked Beans" sign would do. The whisky is not going to a cookout in that amount of time and people who may wish to avoid alcohol should know.
To avoid the sugar burning and sticking in the pan, use a heavy-bottomed non-stick large saucepan.
This recipe is the right size to make for a family and will provide leftovers. If you are making to take to an event then consider doubling the ingredients so that you will have enough.
Make and crumble my Tofu Bacon Bits on top. So good!


Calories: 179kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 339mg | Potassium: 296mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 1133IU | Vitamin C: 43mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 1mg