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Slow Cooked Bourbon Beans Casserole

This Slow Cooked Bourbon Beans Casserole is packed with flavor. They feature a kicked-up seasoning blend along with smoked sausages laced with just a hint of Kentucky bourbon.
Slow Cooked Bourbon Beans recipe

Slow Cooked Bourbon Beans Casserole with Smoked Sausages

This slow cooker bourbon beans casserole is so flavorful and a nice change from typical baked beans.  I like to make these when we’re having a barbecue, and I need extra cooking space in my kitchen.  They can be carted outdoors to cook and they’re warm and ready to be served when the dinner bell rings.

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Helpful Tips

The smoked sausage is so delicious in these beans, and adding the crispy onions at the end adds a nice crunch that you’d expect from an oven baked casserole. Serve over buttered cornbread as a main dish or as a hearty and filling side dish.

  • I used Bush’s brand bourbon brown sugar beans for this recipe. You may substitute with plain baked beans, if desired.
  • Please note, as the bean casserole sits, the sauce will thicken and intensify in flavor.
  • At the end of cooking after removing the lid to top with onions, leave uncovered for about 15 minutes before serving.
  • Corn is completely optional but, adds a nice dimension to the flavor overall.
  • Should you choose to omit the bourbon, add 1/4 cup of molasses instead to add smokiness to the flavor.
  • It’s ideal to add the cubed or sliced kielbasa at the end of cooking to avoid it over cooking.
  • You may also enjoy these recipes also made in a slow cooker:  slow cooker sweet cornbread, slow cooker creamed corn or slow cooked triple cheddar macaroni and cheese.

Kentucky bourbon beans in a slow cooker

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Slow Cooked Bourbon Beans Casserole

Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time6 hours
Stand time15 minutes
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: slow-cooked-bourbon-beans, slow-cooker-beans
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 165kcal
Author: Melissa Sperka


  • 8 slices bacon cooked & crumbled (Reserve 2 Tbsp drippings)
  • 1 medium sweet onion diced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 22 oz cans bourbon & brown sugar baked beans i.e. Bush's
  • 1 10 oz can diced chili style tomatoes i.e. Rotel Chili Fixin's or regular Rotel tomatoes and chiles
  • 1 cup frozen corn optional
  • 3/4 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/3 cup bourbon
  • 2 Tbsp Fiesta or Taco seasoning
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 3 Tbsp chopped cilantro divided
  • 1 14 oz smoked sausage i.e. kielbasa cubed or sliced
  • 1 cup french fried onions crushed


  • Spray a 6 quart slow cooker with cooking spray and set it on low.
  • In a stove top pan, cook the bacon until crisp, then crumble and set aside. Reserve 2 Tbsp drippings in pan. Add onion and peppers to drippings. Cook over medium high for 2-3 minutes, Add garlic, cook for 1 minute longer. Remove from heat.
  • Cook the onions and peppers in 2 tablespoons of the bacon drippings until they begin to soften and turn translucent. Season with salt and black pepper to taste. Add the minced garlic and sauté for 1 minute. Remove from the heat.
  • Pour cooked vegetables, beans, tomatoes, corn (if using), barbecue sauce, bourbon, fiesta seasoning, salt and 2 Tbsp cilantro into slow cooker. Mix well.
  • Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or on high for 3-4 hours. 1 hour prior to the end of cooking add sausages. Stir thoroughly.
  • At the end of cooking, uncover, mix in bacon, reserved cilantro and sprinkle with french fried onions.
  • Let uncovered stand for 15 minutes prior to serving.


Please note:
  • As the bean casserole sits, the sauce will thicken and intensify in flavor.
  • After topping with onions, I recommend that you leave the lid off the slow cooker for about 15 minutes before serving.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 165kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 519mg | Potassium: 179mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 364IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg
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