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Bourbon Barbecue Slow Cooker Beans Recipe
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Bourbon Barbecue Slow Cooker Beans

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"I am asked to bring these 'trucker beans' to almost every summer bbq! Rich, meaty and satisfying. These beans make a great side dish, are perfect to bring to a pot luck picnic, or hearty enough to be eaten as a meal."

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Original recipe makes 14 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    10 hrs

    10 hrs 30 mins


  1. Rinse the beans, and place in a very large pot. Cover beans with water, add the bay leaf, and bring to a boil. Simmer until all of the water is absorbed, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Remove the bay leaf.
  2. Place the chopped bacon in a large, deep skillet; cook over medium-high heat, stirring, until evenly browned, about 5 minutes. Drain the bacon on a paper towel-lined plate. Return the skillet to the heat, and add the ground beef; cook until the beef is cooked through and browned, about 5 minutes. Drain fat.
  3. Combine the beans, bacon, ground beef, sliced kielbasa, onion, green pepper, red pepper, chicken broth, barbeque sauce, Worcestershire sauce, honey, maple syrup, bourbon, and mustard in the crock of a slow cooker, and stir well to combine. Turn the slow cooker to Low heat, and cook until the beans are tender, 8 to 10 hours.
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  • Try using a liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 04, 2009

Yummm...And, so easy to make! I've done them all, from the Williamsburg bean pot receipe in the oven for 8 hours to "doctoring" canned beans (awful!). This is one to try1

Most Helpful Critical Review
Feb 09, 2010

I was disappointed with these beans. For one, it took a lot of ingredients and time, and two, I was looking for a really good bbq bean recipe. I made this yesterday for a super bowl party, and the whole thing just didn't jive right with me. It was kind of like a chili, but with a bbq taste. I didn't care for the bacon and hamburger in there and I I love these ingredients. All I can say is, people got a bowl, took a bite or two and set it aside, including myself. I followed the recipe exactly too. It sounded good at first, but all together, it didn't taste right for me. Sorry.

Oct 27, 2010

Took this to our cul-de-sac cook-out everyone (especially the men) loved them and came home with an empty crock pot. Going to make them again for family reunion next week in Texas.

Jan 15, 2012

These were good, and I would definitely consider them a main dish instead of side due to the three types of meat in it. I would think about making them again but would add some garlic and subtract the honey next time. I didn't feel good about the sugar content between the barbecue sauce, honey, and maple syrup.

Feb 29, 2012

I made this, and did not care for it. The alcohol smell was very powerful, and just seemed to intesify the longer is cooked. I won't be making this ever again, sorry.

Dec 31, 2013

Not super impressed. lingredients lead me to believe there would be more barbecue flavor. Mot so. Even with all the great ingredients, this was a little bland.

May 22, 2013

very good


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  • Calories
  • 466 kcal
  • 23%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 44.2 g
  • 14%
  • Cholesterol
  • 54 mg
  • 18%
  • Fat
  • 19.1 g
  • 29%
  • Fiber
  • 8.9 g
  • 36%
  • Protein
  • 21.1 g
  • 42%
  • Sodium
  • 1237 mg
  • 49%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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