Simple Man’s BBQ Beans out of Pork and Beans Recipe

I haven’t had a good recipe on in some time. 

This weekend (or was it last weekend?) we fixed BBQ and wanted BBQ beans to go with it.  If done the old fashioned way, they can take forever.  Andy introduced me to a new and novel way to have quick and easy BBQ beans–pork and beans.

This is a microwave recipe, meant for the most simple of chefs.  I don’t consider myself simple, but I’d make these beans again anytime.  Who said for something to taste good it has to take a long time and dirty a lot of dishes?

(Some of you are questioning this decision and probably have sworn never to eat those beans.  I can tell you, they are delicious when prepared properly.)

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 can of Pork and Beans
  • ketchup
  • mustard
  • 2-3 table spoons brown sugar
  • 2-3 strips of bacon
  • 1 teaspoon onion flakes or 1 heaping tablespoon fresh chopped onion
  • Worcestershire sauce

You need to brown your bacon.  If you are using fresh onion (which I recommend) add the onion to the bacon and brown together. 

Pour the beans into a microwave bowl and add the bacon and onion.  Add a few dashes of salt and pepper.  Add a squirt mustard, 2 medium squirts of ketchup, spoon and half of brown sugar (he used the tablespoon that comes with your dinnerware/not the proper measuring spoon), and a dash of Worcestershire sauce.  Stir.

Microwave 6 minutes on high. Stir again.

Microwave 6 minutes on 70% power.

That’s all there is to it. 


  • You can of course cook all of this on the stop top in a covered pot.
  • You can add 1 table spoon maple syrup, honey, or molasses (depending on taste)
  • Add 1 teaspoon cocoa powder (no it will not taste like chocolate beans)
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic

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