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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


  • 3/4 cup organic ketchup or homemade
  • 3/4 cup organic barbecue sauce or homemade
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp dark rum
  • 2 tbsp chopped cilantro or Italian parsley
  • 3 tsp chili powder
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 15 oz cans organic cannelini beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 2 15 oz cans organic Great Northern beans (drained and rinsed)
  • Even better to use dried beans 1 cup each, soaked overnight, then cooked to make more digestible and nutritious.
  • 1 cup diced fresh pineapple
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 8-16 oz ground beef
  • 8 oz bacon cut into small pieces
  • sea salt and pepper


  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • In a large bowl, mix: ketchup, barbecue sauce, mustard, rapadura/maple syrup, rum, cilantro, chili powder, garlic and cumin.
  • Fold in the beans and pineapple.
  • Heat a saute pan over medium heat.
  • Add bacon and beef.
  • Midway through the cooking add the onions.
  • Cook until meat is browned and onions are getting translucent.
  • Add beef, bacon, onion mixture to ketchup/bean mixture with a slotted spoon.
  • Spoon in a few tbsp (or more) of the cooking fat!
  • Pour entire mixture into an 8x8 baking dish.
  • Bake, covered, at 350 for 2 hours.

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How do you like your beans?


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  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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