Slow Cooker Barbecue Beans

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These beans will give you the fiber you need!

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.

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Slow Cooker Barbecue Beans

Savor these slow-cooked beans that are high in dietary fiber, low in cholesterol, and out of this world in flavor!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 5 minutes
Yield 8 people
Serving Size 1 cup
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Author SkinnyMs.


For the Barbecue Baked Beans

  • 1 sweet onion diced
  • 60 ounces cannellini beans cans drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce our recipe follows
  • 1/2 cup sweetener unrefined, choices include: 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 black pepper freshly ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

For the Barbecue Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 sweet onion finely diced
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce can
  • 1/2 cup molasses or sorghum, mild
  • 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

  • Add all ingredients to the slow-cooker, Cover, turn to low and cook 6-8 hours.

For the Barbecue Sauce

  • In a medium saucepan 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 tastes great on your favorite grilling meats or in place of ketchup.


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!

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 305kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 3g | Sodium: 38mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 14g |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 8
Keywords Plant-Based, Slow Cooker, Vegetarian

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  1. 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?

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

  2. 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!

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