Luau Beans – a favorite summer barbecue side

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I love baked beans.  I love sweet baked beans, savory baked beans, meaty baked beans.

They just remind me of summer…of barbecues…of paper plates and watermelon and grilled (grass fed) hamburgers.

I have had some great baked beans over the years.  My mom made a delicious, sweet version that we used to scoop up with potato chips (yes, sounds weird…try it!  It's divine!).

I never really made my own until I got a recipe from my friend, Michelle, after we had these baked beans with pineapple at her house.  They were delicious and I couldn't wait to make them (with some Real Food twists, of course!)

These were called Luau Beans and there are a lot of ingredients but they all work together to make just a little bit of heaven.  The sweetness of the pineapple and the savoriness of the meat and bacon just combine so well!

I hope you enjoy them and bring them to your next summer barbecue!

Luau Baked Beans
Yields 8
  1. 3/4 cup organic ketchup (or homemade)
  2. 3/4 cup organic barbecue sauce (or homemade)
  3. 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  4. 3/4 cup maple syrup
  5. 2 tbsp dark rum
  6. 2 tbsp chopped cilantro or Italian parsley
  7. 3 tsp chili powder
  8. 2 cloves minced garlic
  9. 1 tsp cumin
  10. 2 (15 oz) cans organic cannelini beans (drained and rinsed)
  11. 2 (15 oz) cans organic Great Northern beans (drained and rinsed)
  12. Even better to use dried beans, 1 cup each, soaked overnight, then cooked to make more digestible and nutritious.
  13. 1 cup diced fresh pineapple
  14. 1 large onion, diced
  15. 8-16 oz ground beef
  16. 8 oz bacon, cut into small pieces
  17. sea salt and pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a large bowl, mix: ketchup, barbecue sauce, mustard, rapadura/maple syrup, rum, cilantro, chili powder, garlic and cumin.
  3. Fold in the beans and pineapple.
  4. Heat a saute pan over medium heat.
  5. Add bacon and beef.
  6. Midway through the cooking add the onions.
  7. Cook until meat is browned and onions are getting translucent.
  8. Add beef, bacon, onion mixture to ketchup/bean mixture with a slotted spoon.
  9. Spoon in a few tbsp (or more) of the cooking fat!
  10. Pour entire mixture into an 8x8 baking dish.
  11. Bake, covered, at 350 for 2 hours.
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9 Comments on “Luau Beans – a favorite summer barbecue side”

  1. Love this recipe! Just came home from a BBQ and brought the luau beans. They were a hit! Thanks Oh Lardy

  2. Assuming that the ketchup and bbq sauce are both 3/4 cup? These sound delicious. Gonna soak some beans right now!

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