Maple Bourbon Baked Beans

So Good They Will Make You Smack Your Mama

One of my favorite sides to pair with great barbeque is some good ol sweet baked beans! I personally prefer to make my beans from scratch and avoid the canned versions. When cooking baked beans for others I usually make them without any meat because some people don’t eat pork. My specialty is Peach Baked Beans which are great when peaches are in season. During the winter I usually like my baked beans kicked up a notch so they have bold robust flavor. Maple Bourbon Baked Beans are great and easy to make, here is the recipe.


1 Pound dry Great Northern Beans
1 Cup Bourbon (I use Maker’s Mark)
1 Cup Pure Maple Syrup
1 Cup Barbeque Sauce (I used Sweet Baby Rays for this recipe)
1 Cup Packed Light Brown Sugar
1 Cup Water
1/3 Cup Ketchup
1/4 Cup Yellow Mustard
1/4 Cup Light Flavor Molasses (I use Brer Rabbit) –
1/4 Cup Olive Oil – EVOO
1/4 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
2 Tbsp Lee & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce


  1. Rinse beans throughly.
  2. Place in a large pot and cover with water
  3. Bring beans to a boil. Boil for 3 minutes, uncovered. Shut the heat off, cover the pot, and let stand for 1 hour.
  4. After  soaking drain and rinse beans well under running water.
  5. Return beans to pot, add water, and simmer 45 minutes, or until quite tender.
  6. While beans are cooking, combine all remaining ingredients in a bowl, and whisk to combine until smooth.
  7. After beans are done simmering, drain them, add to dutch oven and mix everything well.
  8. Get your grill up to 300 – 350 degrees and cook beans covered for 2 hours, remove lid and cook the remaining hour or 2 uncovered to thicken.
  9. Serve immediately.


About Pigskin Barbeque 80 Articles
Just a regular guy who loves to barbeque. Married father of two. I developed a love for grilling as a child watching my dad grill. My love for BBQ, using wood and the "low & slow" method came after I purchased my first horizontal smoker in my 20's.


  1. Hey thanks foe sharing sounds like a pretty good recipe I’m going to have to try. I might add some onion, green pepper and some jalapeno pepper.

    • You can certainly spruce them up by doing so.
      What I shared was a simple recipe to appeal to a wider group of picky eaters.
      I usually add all the things you mention if I’m just cooking for home.
      After you try the recipe stop back and share your thoughts.

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