Go Back
Slow Cooked Bourbon Bean And Smoked Sausage Casserole

Slow Cooked Bourbon Beans Casserole

Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword slow-cooked-bourbon-beans, slow-cooker-beans
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Stand time 15 minutes
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
  • ¾ cup barbecue sauce
  • 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