Slow Cooker Barbecue Beans

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Time to fire up the grill and plug in the slow cooker. Barbecue beans are a perfect side dish, and the slow cooker makes them incredibly delicious.  This version is vegetarian and gluten free. Our slow cooker barbecue beans are also low in cholesterol and an excellent source of dietary fiber, folate, and manganese.

Slow cooker recipes are great any time of year. They are easy to make and make dinner preparation convenient because there is not a lot of kitchen time. In the case of these baked beans, all you need to do is prep your ingredients, toss them into the slow cooker, and return a few hours later to one of our most savory side dishes. The slow cooker is one of the best tools in your kitchen and you will love the time it saves when it comes to preparing healthy, filling meals for your family.

Just as impressive with these baked beans, they offer a healthy way to enjoy barbecue. Sometimes barbecue recipes utilize bottled barbecue sauces, which can contain a lot of sugar and use preservatives to keep them tasting fresh. Our beans are made in a fresh barbecue sauce that is a cleaner, healthier version of the tangy sauces you crave.

Looking for an entree to pair up with these baked beans? Try our barbecue grilled chicken or our pork tenderloin with peach salsa and peppery slaw.

Slow Cooker Barbecue Beans

8 Servings

Slow Cooker Barbecue Beans

Yields: 8 | Serving size: 1 cup | Calories: 305 | Total Fat: 3 g | Saturated Fats: 0 g | Trans Fats: 0 g | Cholesterol:0 mg | Sodium: 39 mg | Carbohydrates: 57 g | Dietary fiber: 12 g | Sugars: 14 g | Protein: 17 g | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 8 |


  • 1 sweet onion, diced
  • 4 (15 ounce) cans Cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce (our recipe follows)
  • 1/2 cup unrefined sweetener, (choices of unrefined sweeteners: Madhava Coconut Sugar, honey, molasses, pure maple syrup, sucanat, sorghum)...we used the Coconut Sugar
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
    For the Barbecue Sauce:
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 sweet onion, finely diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup mild molasses or sorghum
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt


    For the Barbecue Baked Beans
  1. Note: We recently discovered unrefined Madhava Coconut Sugar which is vegan & kosher and is gluten and GMO free. The taste is mild and we use in place of brown sugar and white sugar. YUM!
  2. Add all ingredients to the slow-cooker, Cover, turn to low and cook 6-8 hours.
    For the Barbecue Sauce
  1. In a medium sauce pan add canola oil, turn to medium-low heat and saute onion and garlic until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the remaining barbecue sauce ingredients, stir and simmer until sauce has thickened, about 30 minutes. This sauce taste great on your favorite grilling meats or in place of ketchup.

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8 Comments on "Slow Cooker Barbecue Beans"

  1. Dewildefamily  May 3, 2012

    On option #1, the BBQ sauce ingredients are thrown in at the same time? Or do u mix up the BBQ sauce separately and then add it in to the rest?

    • skinnyms  May 4, 2012

      This is only for preparing the beans. You make the BBQ sauce the same for both recipes. 🙂

  2. Puppydog2032  May 26, 2012

    So when do you add the bbq sauce?

    • skinnyms  May 28, 2012

      Add the barbecue sauce
      when you add everything else. Enjoy!

  3. Katrina Davis  July 31, 2012

    Thank you so much. I've been browsing your recipes for some great tomato free conversions. The ketchup was a huge success and next is BBQ Sauce!

    • Skinny Ms.  July 31, 2012

      Katrina, YEAH!!! Can't wait to get your feedback on the BBQ Sauce! 🙂

  4. Brenda  January 11, 2016

    will it change the points if I use red kidney beans?

    • SkinnyMs.  January 12, 2016

      No, the points will stay the same.


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