LumberJack Baked Beans

LumberJack Baked Beans
Post disclaimer: I haven’t had enough sleep. Read at your own risk.

Well Howdee there partner.

Brought me a nice little recipe to share with the lot a ya today.
A little old birdie whispered in my ear that some of ya’ll might be firing up the old grill this weekend.
It’s true, then!?
Are gonna be grillin’?
Well shoot me a crocodile and paint it yeller. 
Who’d a thunk. 
Just go on ahead now and make these beans, hon.
Bake ’em up in yer oven.
Or slow cook ’em in yer pot crock. 
‘scuse me.
In yer Crock Pot. 
Either way, yer gonna be one popular chic-a-dee.
And you and I both know….
being a popular chic-a-dee is…
Better than being a yeller crocodile. 

Lumber Jack Baked Beans
Time: 15 minutes prep + 1 1/2 hours baking time
Yield: 8 servings
Recipe adapted from my good lookin’ sister in law Ember Storrs
8 slices bacon
1 small onion
1 3/4 C brown sugar
1/3 C plus 2 T apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 t dry mustard
1 1/2 t ginger
1 1/2 t salt
1  16 oz can butter beans
1  16 oz can pinto beans
1  16 oz can red kidney beans
1  30 oz can Bush’s Homestyle Baked Beans
Bean Line Up.
Which dirty rascal is guilty? 

1. In a large skillet fry up your bacon, until it is crispy and browned along the edges. Remove it from the pan onto a plate lined with paper towels. Discard ALMOST all of the bacon grease. Leave about 1-2 teaspoons in the pan.
2. Toss your onions into the hot pan. Cook until they are golden and wilted.
3. While your onions cook stir together the brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, dry mustard, ginger and salt. 
4. Pour the sauce over the wilted onions. 
Let the concoction simmer for about 10 minutes. 
5. Drain and rinse your butter, pinto and kidney beans. 
 Aren’t those just down right purty.
6. Open up your can of baked beans. Pour the whole can, sauce and all into a 3 quart casserole dish. 
7. Add the other beans to the dish. Crumble up your bacon and sprinkle it on top. 
8. Pour your saucy-onion-mixture-of-wonder into the dish. 
9. Give everything a nice stir. 
10. Cover your dish and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Remove the dish from the oven, give the beans a stir and put the old girl right back in, uncovered this time. Cook for 30 more minutes.  Or, cook them in your Crock Pot on low for 3-4 hours. 

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  1. 1
    May 26, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    OhMyGarsh! You are so funny. These beans look like a winner! Can't wait to try them.

  2. 2
    May 26, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    Great looking recipe! Do you have a simple recipe for pulled pork?
    Thank You for your beautiful blog.

  3. 3
    May 26, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    I have yet to perfect a recipe for pulled pork. As soon as I do, I'll post it. Have a great day!

  4. 4
    May 28, 2011 at 12:39 am

    I made these today. They are AMAZING. Thank you for the great recipe

  5. 5
    May 31, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    A friend of mine makes a similar recipe with ground beef in it. Its really goood!

    • 6
      May 23, 2014 at 10:29 pm

      We call them “Calico Beans” if’n burger is added…

  6. 7
    Cathie Hardy
    May 22, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    This is very similar to my baked bean recipe, but I add a can of pineapple tidbits. Try it…Heaven.

  7. 8
    July 1, 2013 at 10:23 am

    I made these beans this past weekend and they were so good! My sister and husband, who both have a tendency to put their noses up at the sight of baked beans, also loved them! Thanks for sharing!

  8. 9
    c.faye weber
    July 16, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    st time here,overjoyed to find you and like the comments and recipes!

  9. 10
    just Ami
    October 12, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    My family loves these. Every get together we have, I have to make these.

  10. 11
    Nancy Ross
    January 13, 2014 at 4:33 pm


  11. 12
    Jennifer Miles
    May 25, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    HI, I love this recipe…..made it several times but i just realized when doubling the recipe I may be adding too much brown sugar…the recipe states 1 3/4 cup of brown sugar… you mean 1 AND 3/4 cups or ONE 3/4 cup of brown sugar? Thanks!

  12. 13
    May 26, 2014 at 7:34 pm


  13. 14
    July 14, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    I made your lumber jack baked beans today and loved them. Do you have a printable recipe?
    Thanks, Cheri

  14. 15
    September 19, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    I make these beans they are so good I have my own recipe that l did several years ago back in the earley 70`s! I sometimes cook up a big pan full of rice Brown or white I spread a good bit in bottom of a long square baking dish then I add the beans after they have cooked
    for several hours put the beans over the cooked rice baked in the oven for 30 minutes and sprinkle some Mexican Fine Sgreded Cheese over top the last 10-15 minutes or no cheese. another time l will put the rice with an ice cream scope full on the plate then pour the beans over the rice or just have the beans,buttered noodles on side with homemade yellow cornbread or white cornbread serve with Homemade Ice Tea!!! If you want a good Cornbread Buy Quackers Cornmeal use whole milk l go by the regular cornbread go on line under Quacker Oatmeal !!! Enjoy!!!

  15. 16
    May 12, 2015 at 11:26 am

    This is my alltime favorite baked beans recipe. You won’t believe how good they are. A nice change from the typical baked beans. You could really have a meal with this and a salad. Yummmmmmy!

  16. 17
    Beth Brouwer
    July 25, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    These are the NEW HIT at our family party! Thanks for posting this! I’ve modified a ‘tad’… with a little ketchup… and even a hint of BBQ sauce, but all in all this is a quality recipe that is THE BOMB! tHANKS!

    • 18
      July 27, 2015 at 2:42 pm

      So glad this recipe worked out so well for you. Thanks for letting me know.
      All the best,

  17. 19
    March 8, 2016 at 5:23 pm

    I have doubled this recipe and made these for years for a large gathering every year and I would be in trouble if I didn’t bring them. I put them into crock pot for a few hours after cooking bacon and onion. The crock pot is empty at the end of the party!!

  18. 20
    May 23, 2016 at 12:46 am

    These beans sounds so good. Thank you.

  19. 21
    June 5, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    I followed the recipe exactly and then added a can of pineapple tidbits – almost good enough for dessert!

  20. 22
    June 23, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    Can the lumber jack beans be made a day ahead?

  21. 23
    Sheila Sinclair of Maryland
    June 2, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    Made this recently for a picnic graduation party. WOW from everyone they were delicious. Also, very easy to prepare. This will be my new receipe to bring to all future cookouts..

  22. 24
    June 21, 2019 at 8:51 pm

    Hi Jamie! Jamie here. I must tell you that I started salivating when I saw this on your menu plan for the week. These are my absolute favorite baked beans E V E R!!! Yes. They are that amazing. They’ve accompanied me to many a family BBQ. I love your blog so much and not just because we share the same name and we both live in this beautiful beehive state. I turn to it several times a week for my constant “what’s for dinner?” dilemma. Thanks for all you do!

  23. 25
    July 29, 2019 at 12:28 pm

    Is there a way to print this recipe?

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