Apple butter baked beans give the classic barbecue side dish a seasonal update. This recipe is perfect for tailgating, game day and fall potlucks!
Just because summer is over doesn’t mean barbecue season has to end.
We still cook out well into fall and love to tailgate.
And when it gets too cold, we often have hearty barbecue food for game day parties.
The boys in the house love it and wouldn’t have it any other way!
And they are all too happy to see these apple butter baked beans make an appearance anytime all fall or winter long.
I’m happy to indulge them too!
Not only is this recipe super delicious with a a sweet, tangy flavor but it’s incredibly easy to get on the table.
To make this side dish you’ll need:
- Pork and beans– A large can of your favorite brand. Don’t go for fancy flavors though since you’ll be adding tons of flavor to this yourself.
- Onion– Just a bit of chopped yellow onion.
- Sugar– Brown sugar, lightly packed will play up the molasses flavor.
- Mustard– Use plain old yellow mustard and avoid fancier mustards like dijon.
- Barbecue sauce– Homemade or store bought. Whatever you like.
- Apple butter– Again you can buy it at the store or you can use homemade apple butter.
- Bacon– Cook it up crisp and crumble it.
How to Make
This is the easiest side dish ever to make!
To do it, just add all the ingredients to a large mixing bowl and stir them together until they are combined.
Then spray a 9×13 casserole dish with nonstick spray and pour the mixture into the prepared dish.
Bake the beans in a 400 degree oven for an hour.
After an hour, remove them from the oven and let them rest for 10-15 minutes before serving.
Leftover baked beans store incredibly well.
To store them just let them cool and transfer the leftovers into an airtight container.
Refrigerate for 4 to 5 days.
When you are ready to enjoy them again, just pop them in the microwave and heat until warmed through.
Tips and Tricks
- Choose your barbecue sauce carefully. You want a neutral sauce and not one that’s overly sweet or overly spicy since you want the apple butter flavor to come through and you will be adding brown sugar to the mix.
- If you prefer to keep this vegetarian, go for vegetarian baked beans instead and omit the bacon.
- Before baking everything, taste the mixture and adjust the ingredients to your taste.
Other Fall Barbecue Recipes
These apple butter baked beans are the perfect side for any fall barbecue or tailgate. Make them for your next cook out or potluck and enjoy!
Looking for other fall barbecue recipes? Try these:
- Slow Cooker Cowboy Beans
- Smoked Brisket
- Tailgate Burgers
- Smoked Pulled Pork
- Bang Bang Chicken Kabobs
- Smoked Macaroni & Cheese
- Grilled Three Cheese Potatoes
- Cheddar Stuffed Smoked Meatloaf
- Grilled Onion Bombs
- Smoked Jalapeno Poppers
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Apple Butter Baked Beans
- 1 53 oz can pork & beans
- 1/4 cup chopped yellow onion
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 tbsp yellow mustard
- 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
- 1/2 cup apple butter
- 4 slices bacon cooked crisp & crumbled
- Add all of the ingredients to a large mixing bowl. Stir them together until everything's evenly combined.
- Spray a 9x13" casserole dish with non stick cooking spray. Pour the mixture into the prepared dish. Spread it out evenly.
- Bake the beans at 400° for 1 hour.
- Remove the beans from the oven, and let them rest for 10-15 minutes before serving.