Cast Iron Root Beer Baked Beans

by Erin

These cast iron root beer baked beans are legit! With bacon mixed in as well and then more bacon on top you might find yourself second guessing that can of beans.

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Would you believe this is the first (successful) batch of homemade baked beans I’ve ever made? I grew up on Bush’s and have never had a problem with it, in fact I quite enjoyed it (and still do, not gonna lie). Therefore, the motivation to make it myself was lacking. That was until I saw a recipe for root beer baked beans.

Obviously baked beans made with root beer was something I had to try, especially since it also involved bacon. I mean come on, do you really need to twist my arm? I also jazzed up the recipe a bit and baked it in a cast iron skillet cause you know, things look cooler when they are baked in cast iron skillets.

And while your at it, serve these with this 3 ingredient slow cooker root beer pulled pork!

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Side note: When cutting the onion, please be mindful of your fingertips as I am sure you would prefer them to not be maimed. Not that I know from experience or anything… I cook so frequently how could I ever do such a thing as silly as that? :-\

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Yield: 12-16 servings Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat


  • 12 thick bacon slices, divided
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 (16 oz.) cans pork and beans, drained
  • 1 cup root beer (not diet)
  • 1/2 cup hickory-smoked barbecue sauce
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 tsp spicy brown mustard
  • 1/4 tsp hot sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Cook bacon in a large cast iron skillet over medium heat until crisp; remove and drain on paper towels. Reserve 2 tablespoons bacon grease in skillet and turn up to high heat. Add onion and pepper to the bacon drippings and sauté for 5 minutes or until tender. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute more. Stir in beans, crumbled bacon, and remaining ingredients. Top with remaining 6 slices of bacon.
  3. Place skillet in the oven, uncovered, for 1 hour or until sauce is thickened and bacon is crisp (place under broiler for a minute if necessary).
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Willie September 8, 2019 - 6:40 pm

So at what point does one add the ROOTBEER?!

spiffycookie September 9, 2019 - 10:56 am

Hey Willie, while the recipe doesn’t specifically say “root beer” in the steps, it does say at the end of step two to “add remaining ingredients” which includes the root beer, BBQ sauce, molasses, dry mustard, spicy brown mustard, and hot sauce.

Susan July 20, 2016 - 8:28 am

These baked beans sound wonderful, like the canned ones on steroids (I haven’t eaten them in so many years I can’t remember the last time I had them, but I still remember the flavor). For what it’s worth, some of us never outgrow the ability to cut off our finger tips while chopping onions or cutting up other things that are slightly less than cooperative. You are not alone, and I’m a lot older than you are… I hope you do outgrow it, unlike me. :-)


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