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Slow Cooker Baked Beans with Bacon

Sweet and saucy baked beans made in the slow cooker are the perfect side dish for barbecues, potlucks, and picnics.

  • Author: The Real Food Dietitians
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 4 hours, 15 mins
  • Yield: Serves 6-7 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Nut-Free


  • 2 (15-ounce) cans Great Northern beans, drained and rinsed (yields about 3 ½ cups beans) 
  • 3 slices bacon, chopped
  • ½ medium onion, diced
  • ½ cup ketchup (such as Tessemae’s or Primal Kitchen made without added sugar)
  • 2 Tbsp. maple syrup (or less if your ketchup has added sugar)
  • 1 Tbsp. molasses
  • 2 Tbsp. yellow mustard
  • 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup water


  1. Cook chopped bacon in a medium skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 7-8 minutes until almost crisp. Add onion to the pan with the bacon and cook an additional 4-5 minutes until the onion starts to soften. Remove from heat.
  2. Transfer bacon and onion mixture to slow cooker. Add remaining ingredients and stir gently to combine.
  3. Set slow cooker temperature to LOW and cook 4 hours, stirring a few times during cooking time.


If doubling the recipe, we recommend NOT double the water but instead, adding additional water only if needed after 3 hours.


  • Serving Size: ½ cup
  • Calories: 179
  • Sugar: 8g
  • Sodium: 628mg
  • Fat: 4g
  • Carbohydrates: 25g
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Protein: 7g