Instant pot baked beans are a delicious homemade recipe using fresh ingredients like onions, bacon, brown sugar and other spices. Done in about two hours’ time and can feed a large crowd!
Nothing compliments a barbecue meal more then baked beans. In the past, like many other individuals, I’ve always reach for a can of baked beans.
I finally decided to cook them from scratch. I was delighted with the end results!
Not only are they pretty easy to cook, but I also know every single ingredient that is in the baked beans.
My recipe for Instant Pot Baked Beans makes enough to feed a large crowd. If you don’t have a large crowd to feed you can make a batch, and then freeze the remaining leftover baked beans.
I portion them in quart freezer bags for future meals.
Here are a few of the kitchen tools that I find helpful when making homemade baked beans in my Instant Pot:
With a few of these basic kitchen tools you can whip up these baked beans in no time!
Rinse and drain the dried great Northern beans. Place in the Instant Pot, with 12 cups of water.
Place the lid on the Instant Pot and make sure that the valve is set to “sealing”. Set the Instant Pot on for 25 minutes.
Once the beans are done cooking, let it naturally release pressure for at least 45 minutes and no longer than two hours (the longer you let the beans rest the softer they will become).
Carefully remove the lid from the IP, rinse and drain the beans. Place the beans in a bowl on the side.
Next, turn the Instant Pot to “sauté” mode. Add the bacon and onions to the Instant Pot and sauté for five minutes until the bacon is crispy and onions are golden in color.
Then, deglaze the pot with the apple juice.
Turn the Instant Pot off.
Stir in the brown sugar, tomato sauce, liquid smoke, ground mustard, season salt, and smoked paprika.
Mix well, then carefully add the drained beans into the pot. Stir the beans until all the sauce has coated them.
Serve immediately or keep on low until ready to serve.
First, you’ll want to make sure that the beans come to room temperature. Then, I like to use a freezer safe quart size baggie.
I write the name of the recipe and the date they were made on the bag. Then I portion 1 to 2 cups of beans into the bag.
This will depend on how large of servings and the size of your family has.
I find 2 cups of beans for my family of four is just fine.
Once I have all the beans into Ziploc baggies, I lay them flat in my freezer, so they freeze evenly. This also helps with storage in the freezer.
Whenever I make baked beans, I love to serve it with some of the following side and main dishes.
- Barbecue Beef Brisket
- Baked Baby Back Ribs
- Lemony Grilled Potato Salad
- KFC Coleslaw
- Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
If you love baked beans but have never tried to make them on your own, I highly suggest you try this recipe for Instant Pot Baked Beans.
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