• Erin Sheehan

Healthier BBQ Baked Beans

Updated: Jul 14, 2020

There's nothing like a classic barbeque spread... grilled hotdogs and hamburgers, mac n cheese, potato salad, corn pudding, and baked beans. All that hard-to-resist southern comfort food can also be loaded with excess salt, fat, calories, and sugar. Yes, sugar! All that barbecue sauce we love to soak our meat in is usually loaded with it. Even the good stuff your dad swears by! We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but the average serving of Sweet Baby Rays (about 4 tablespoons) carries 32 grams of sugar. The good news it that not all comfort food has to be that way. We are all about some healthy substitutions! Wow your family and friends with this healthier version of BBQ baked beans.

Healthier BBQ Baked Beans


  • 1 tbsp Primal Kitchen avocado oil

  • 1 cup bacon, diced

  • ½ small yellow onion, diced

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 tsp. fresh sage, chopped

  • 1 tsp. fresh thyme, chopped

  • 1 tsp. ground cumin

  • 1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • 1 can pinto beans, drained

  • 1 can white beans, drained

  • 1 can kidney beans, drained

  • 2 cups Primal Kitchen’s Classic BBQ Sauce

  • 2 cups Epic chicken bone broth

  • 1 bay leaf


  1. Heat oil in dutch oven over medium-high heat.

  2. Add bacon and cook for 3-5 minutes, until cooked through, but not crispy.

  3. Add onion and cook until softened. Add in garlic and cook for 1 minute, until fragrant.

  4. Add sage, thyme, cumin, crushed red pepper, salt and pepper. Give it a good stir.

  5. Add the beans, barbeque sauce, chicken broth, and bay leaf.

  6. Bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer for 40-45 minutes, or until it reaches your desired thickness.

  7. Remove bay leaf and adjust salt and pepper if needed.

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