Whether you’re cooking for a weeknight meal, a potluck or a barbecue, Instant Pot Baked Beans are the perfect side to serve! Spicier and less sweet than the canned version, these vegetarian baked beans burst with flavor. Pressure Cooker Baked Beans pair perfectly with any barbecue dishes and a flavorful summer side!
Instant Pot Baked Beans
These delicious Instant Pot Baked Beans are the perfect side dish for your summertime barbecues and picnics! The pressure cooker cooks these baked beans faster, yet they are still perfect. Spicier and less sweet than the canned version, these vegetarian baked beans burst with flavor. Instant Pot Baked Beans pair perfectly with any barbecue dishes and make a flavorful summer side!
You may not know this about me, but I’m a Memphis girl.
Recently, I’ve made it my mission to make barbecue in the Instant Pot. Because while traditional barbecue is amazingly delicious, not all of us have a smoker, nor do we have the time to spend hours/days on barbecue dishes.
Pressure Cooker Baked Beans
Baked Beans have been on my list of Instant Pot dishes to make ever since it showed up beneath our Christmas tree.
Why? I cannot seem to ever make a bean dish that incorporates dried beans without messing them up. Either they turn to mush or they don’t cook enough and are hard as rocks. There’s no happy in between.
As an added bonus, these Pressure Cooker Baked Beans are a little less sweet and a little spicier than the traditional jarred beans. They’re also vegetarian.
Quite honestly, they remind me of the beans I love at the Rendezvous, a Memphis barbecue institution.
And they’re perfect to serve to the family on a weeknight or at an outdoor barbecue.
What are Baked Beans?
Baked Beans are a dish that contains beans. Sometimes, it’s baked. Other times, it’s not. The beans cook in a sauce, which is normally made of .
Fun fact: One of Boston’s nicknames is “Beantown.” Apparently, it got this name because of the Colonists love for beans baked in molasses and salt pork. (Which is the traditional way to make Boston Baked Beans.)
How are Instant Pot Baked Beans different than Slow Cooker Baked Beans?
They cook in significantly less time! If you’re making slow cooker baked beans, they have to cook for 6-8 hours… and you still might have to soak them beforehand. The Instant Pot cooks them in 2 hours without an overnight soak needed.
Why make the Baked Beans in the Pressure Cooker?
When you’re making Baked Beans from scratch, you either have to soak the beans overnight (which requires some planning ahead) or they cook for forever. Cooking baked beans in the Pressure Cooker (or any other electric pressure cooker) makes for less hands-on time, and less cooking time… even though they still cook for 2 hours.
What can I pair with these Baked Beans?
- Apple Cider Pulled Pork with Apple Cabbage Slaw
- Instant Pot BBQ Brisket
- Honey Mustard Coleslaw
- The BEST Potato Salad
- The Best BBQ Chicken Marinade
Instant Pot Baked Beans
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 1 yellow onion , large, diced
- 2 garlic cloves , minced
- 1/2 lb. great northern beans , dried
- 3/4 cup tomato juice
- 3/4 cup low sodium vegetable stock
- 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
- 1/4 cup low sugar ketchup
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon Sriracha sauce (or any other hot sauce!)
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- Set the Instant Pot to the Sauté setting for 15 minutes.
- Add the oil and let heat.
- Sauté the onion and garlic, stirring constantly until the vegetables have softened.
- Measure in the dried beans, tomato juice, vegetable stock, ketchup, barbecue sauce, maple syrup, Sriracha sauce, Dijon mustard and Worcestershire sauce. Stir until combined.
- Place the lid on the Instant Pot.
- Manually set to high pressure for 2 hours.
- Once the beans have cooked, let the pressure naturally release for 5-10 minutes, then quick release until all the pressure is gone.
- Serve warm with your favorite barbecue dishes.