March 15, 2011

just like big john's beans and fixin's

Pardon me while I take a brief break from quilting-related posts to bring you a recipe for a delicious side-dish. I grew up enjoying Big John's Beans and Fixin's with burgers and hot dogs. They were a staple in our house. This brand of beans has been discontinued and is no longer available in stores. I've been trying to reformulate that taste with other ingredients for a number of years and this past weekend, I think I finally got it right. So, without further ado...

28 oz. can Baked Beans
6 oz. can Tomato Paste
2/3 C Dark Brown Sugar
3T Worcestershire Sauce
1C Diced Onion
1t Kosher Salt
1/2 t Black Pepper
4 pcs Thin Sliced Bacon

Combine all ingredients except bacon in a large mixing bowl, mix well. Spray a 9x9 non-metallic baking dish with non-stick spray. Pour bean mixture into baking dish and top with bacon slices. Bake in 350 degree oven for 90 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 10-15 minutes before serving.


  1. Oh sounds yummy - love that bacon

  2. Thanks Miss Stefanie for your recipe. Yes, sadly I can no longer find those two cans of beans with the blue tape but perhaps your recipe will bring back memories. I will give it a try shortly.

  3. Stefanie, I'm looking forward to trying this recipe, but would you clarify which brand of baked beans you used in your test. As you may realize, brands and flavors vary considerably. Thanks for your response.

    1. I prefer the plain baked beans from the Great Value brand at Walmart for this recipe. You could substitute Pork & Beans if you don't have a Walmart conveniently located to your area.

  4. Thanks so much for this recipe. I made these for Easter dinner tonight and they are *definitely* just like Big John's. They were delicious! I tripled the recipe, but only used 2 cans of tomato paste because that's all I had and it didn't really seem to make a difference. I added just a couple ounces of ketchup too (in an attempt to make up for the missing tomato paste...) - everyone loved them!

  5. OMG, these taste EXACTLY like the real thing. I made them this weekend for Father's day and my sister and I felt like we were reliving our childhood. I made a second recipe as well, one that seemed popular on the internet and it wasn't even close. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe with the right formula. This will become one of our family favorites. Anyone reading this message, this recipe is the one, don't waste your time looking any further. It had the perfect texture and taste. Simply amazing.

  6. Making your beans Stephanie! Cant wait to try em. Thank you.

  7. Finally got around to trying and I do agree with kserra this recipe is the one.

  8. I wish that Big John would make a come back.

  9. YA THE GOOD OLD DAY'S WITH BIG JOHN BEANS AND HOT DOG'S. Oh and desert was cherry pie with ice cream. Those were the day's. will they ever return ? Glenn Davis

  10. I always enjoyed BIG JOHN BEANS. With hot dog's and desert was cherry pie with ice cream. my mom use to make it on a rainy day it would make us kid's happy. Glenn Davis

  11. As a kid, I was so disappointed when Big John beans were discontinued. My family always took them to our family reunion, which was pretty much the only time I could convince my parents to buy them. I will be making these next weekend, and thanks for the recipe.

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  13. I used to eat Big John's Beans and Fixins back when I was in grad school, and have missed them ever since. I tried this recipe this evening using Bush's Baked Beans. This dish really is mighty close to Big John's. On top of that, my wife pronounced this the best bean casserole she's ever tasted. I'll definitely be making it again.

  14. We're having our official Easter dinner tomorrow. But I'm preparing the beans, according to your recipe (a couple minor modifications - reduced salt, pepper, and onion, but that's about it).

    You hit a home run with this recipe.

  15. Just made this following the recipe.

    This is very very close to how I remember Big John's tasting...thank you for your time and trouble.


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