The best smoked sausage baked beans recipe you will find. A combination of sweet and savory is a real winner.
Smoked sausage baked beans is a reimagined childhood favorite of mine. We used to eat beans and sausage made on the stovetop almost weekly. It’s similar to hotdogs and beans but a thousand times better. The snappy kielbasa style sausage took it to another level. Add the sausage to a pot of cinnamon sweetened pork and beans and life is beautiful.
Making Smoked Sausage Baked Beans
For this recipe I decided to take the savory sweet elements and bake them into a delicious cookout classic.
Use a good rope sausage like Eckrich or Hillshire Farms; something with a nice snap in the casing. Whatever brand you choose, the sausage should be firm but not hard like salami. Cut the links into evenly sliced rings. You could also do a dice or rough chop. The rings just look nicer.
Cook the sausage until crisp. I honestly like them to be a little burned. I’m not suggesting that you burn the sausage! It’s a preference of taste but is should be crispy with a little char around the edge.
I wanted to make the entire flavor in the dish my own, so I decided to make the navy beans from scratch. You can definitely use canned navy beans to save time. But if you decided to make your beans from scratch, check out my post on making dried beans HERE.
Tomato paste and onions sautéed in butter are the savory base Brown sugar, a little maple syrup, and a touch of cinnamon bring this baby to life. A dash of mustard powder with a pinch of cayenne gives a nice kick. The ingredients are few but the flavor is robust.
My children absolutely love this recipe. It’s more than a side dish for a barbeque. It can be a main dish too. I like to serve it with a side of green beans for a balanced meal.
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- 4 c great northern beans cooked
- 14 oz smoked sausage links sliced
- 1/2 c yellow onion diced
- 4 tbsp butter
- 1 c dark brown sugar packed
- 1 1/2 c water
- 4 tbsp tomato paste
- 1/3 c molasses
- 1/4 c maple syrup
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp mustard powder
- 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
- kosher salt to taste
- Preheat oven to 400.
- In a large cast iron skillet or dutch oven over medium heat, layer the sausage slices and fry them on both sides. Add the onion and butter to the sausage. Give a good stir and sauté until the onions is softened.
- Add the beans, cinnamon, mustard powder, cayenne, molasses, maple syrup, tomato sauce or paste, sugar, and water. Stir it carefully so that you don’t mash the beans. Transfer the beans to an oven safe baking dish and bake uncovered for 1 hour and 45 minutes.