Crockpot Hawaiian Baked Beans
I love my Crockpot for beans! We have buckets and buckets full of beans, and for some reason, we keep buying more! They are so much cheaper than canned beans, and they are so easy to cook. For our Sunday night dinner, we made Hawaiian Baked Beans, and decided to eat them like Hawaiian Haystacks (adding rice, coconut, pineapple, and slivered almonds!). They turned out delicious.
While slow cooking your beans is super easy, it does take a bit of experimenting to get the timing right for your specific slow cooker. When you are used to the perfect texture of canned beans, you’ll want to cook your beans long enough to no longer be crunch AT ALL! This took me almost 7 hours with my pintos, but your time will vary.
When I am making beans from scratch, I start the night before. I add a few cups (in this case 3 cups) of dried pinto beans to a bowl, and cover with water! Make sure to add triple the water to beans. Your beans will expand a bit as it soaks up the water.
After beans have soaked, put them in the crockpot, covered in water, and turned on high for 4-7 hours, depending on your crockpot, and how soft you like your beans. I start checking them at about 5 hours.
Once they are soft, drain your beans, and return to the slow cooker. Add
- 1 can crushed pineapple
- 1 cup of BBQ Sauce
A word on BBQ sauce!! You can make your own bbq sauce, but many recipes either have ketchup (also hard to find some without HFCS) or adding loads of sugar. I only found two brands that don’t use High Fructose Corn Syrup (if you know of others, please let me know in the comments), but I turned over about 50 bottles of BBQ sauce before I found the two. The first was sweetened with Xylitol (which of course cost twice as much). The second was Tony Roma’s brand. But YIKES on the sodium, which is why we only used 1/2 the bottle!! Here was the ingredients:
After adding the BBQ sauce and crushed pineapple, we let it simmer and thicken in the slow cooker for another 1-2 hours.
Then, the best part! Dinner was:
- Our baked beans
- Brown Rice
- Shredded coconut
- Slivered almonds
- Extra pineapple, chunked or sliced.
Crockpot Hawaiian Baked Beans
- 3 cups dry pinto beans
- 1 cup bbq sauce look for sauce without hfcs!
- 1 can crushed pineapple 20 ounce can
- 2 cups brown rice
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup slivered almonds
- Overnight soak beans in a bowl of water (at least 6 cups or more of water)
- Drain and rinse beans. Add to slow cooker in the morning, with enough water to cover your beans by several inches. Set slow cooker to high.
- After about 5-7 hours, check beans for desired tenderness. Once beans are soft, drain the water, and return to slow cooker.
- Add 1 cup of BBQ sauce, with 1 can of crushed pineapple (including the juices). Stir, and cook longer, about 2-3 hours more.
- Serve over brown rice, and top with coconut, more pineapple, and slivered almonds.
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Sounds delicious. My family loves beans and rice and this is a nice twist… not one I would have thought of.
I have done the same with BBQ sauce (reading all the bottles for no HFCS) and have settled on STUBB’s. The sauces are good and the sodium is lower as well.
Thank you Karen! I’ll go look for it!
If you live near a trader Joe’s, try their BBq sauce and ketchup. No HFCS.
Thanks Tracy! our closest trader joes is about 20 miles away, and I haven’t been there yet! It’s actually close to my husbands office though, so maybe I’ll tell him to check it out for me!!
Our Costco carries Stubbs. It’s what we’ve been using. Sugar is the second ingredient I think but it’s not HFCs
Love this!!! Can’t wait to try it!
These were delicious, but it made a ton! Do you know if they freeze well?
I like looking through an article that can make men and women think.
Also, many thanks for allowing me to comment!
Planning to make this dish this week…but what kind of veggie sides would you serve with this?? Thanks!
Good question Dani- I would add some roasted carrots and potatoes!
I have plans to make this- what size can of crushed pineapple do you use? How many oz? Thanks!!
Erica= 20 ounce.. I just added it. Thanks!
How many serves for Crockpot Hawaiian baked beans?
This makes a lot Heather! Like 10 cups worth!
I would love to make this, but i don’t have a slow cooker. Do u know cooking times on stove top? Thanks so much.