BBQ bacon beans

BBQ bacon beans

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(8 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 25 mins


Serves 6 - 8
A tasty alternative to baked beans, this recipe will spice up your jacket potatoes no end

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal204
  • fat7g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs27g
  • sugars2g
  • fibre5g
  • protein11g
  • salt1.78g
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  • 2 tsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 2 celery sticks



    A collection of long, thick, juicy stalks around a central, tender heart, celery ranges in…

  • 1 small onion



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 1 small red pepper, deseeded
  • 8 rashers rindless streaky bacon, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 tsp mild chilli powder
  • 500g carton passata
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
    Maple syrup

    Maple syrup

    may-pul sir-rup

    The rising spring sap of a number of varieties of maple tree

  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 410g can borlotti bean
  • 410g can cannellini bean


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pan. Finely chop the celery sticks, onion and red pepper and gently fry until soft, about 10 mins. Set the softened veg aside and fry the bacon in the same pan until golden and crisp. Tip in the garlic clove and chilli powder and cook for 1 min.

  2. Pour in passata, maple syrup, Worcestershire sauce and the softened veg and stir well.

  3. Rinse and drain the borlotti beans and cannellini beans. Tip into the pan, bring to the boil and simmer for 10 mins. Season to taste and serve with jacket potatoes.

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17th Jun, 2019
Delicious and easy - even though I used ordinary golden syrup rather than maple syrup. Also, I fried chopped bacon rashers separately so that the vegetarians amongst us could also enjoy the beans while the crispy bacon was sprinkled on top.
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24th Sep, 2018
Used 1 tablespoon of honey instead of the maple syrup but other than that stuck exactly to the recipe and it turned out absolutely delicious. I would recommend eating with a baked sweet potato.
4th Mar, 2014
Absolutely brilliant! Made a few changes, an orange pepper instead of red and a red onion, also used Haricot beans instead of Cannellini beans, but they were so lovely! Served with a jacket spud and sausages. Will definitely be making again.
27th Jan, 2014
Delicious, even my fussy teenager loved them. Having them again tomorrow, can't wait.
Suffolk Primrose
3rd Nov, 2013
Did 2 x quantity for party of 12 last night for fireworks. Yum yum yum. Will be making again just for us for supper!! Did use hot chill powder rather than mild to give it a bit of a kick. Delicious and so easy.
28th Jun, 2012
Amazing! Make this all the time and absolutely love it.
11th Nov, 2008
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20th Jan, 2008
tried this but had to use the oven for convenience (cooking for a crowd) - so placed it all in an oblong glazed roasting dish and spread thin cut streakey bacon on top. The smokey flavour of the bacon really enhanced the beans.
14th Jan, 2008
30th May, 2016
I need to triple this amount for a large bbq - can I make it the day before and warm it through on the evening?Maybe use the slow cooker? (My fridge will be over full probably!) Also as I have to make it without bacon for a vegetarians would it be a good idea to add liquid smoke to the recipe to enhance the flavour?
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