When you get the craving for baked beans but don’t have hours to spare, Pressure Cooker Baked Beans with Bacon is your answer. Saucy, sweet, smoky, cooked under pressure in less than 30 minutes. Busy lifestyles don’t often have time for cooking. These pressure cooked baked beans are a quick and easy alternative to the traditional method.
Do you have a pressure cooker? Which kind, stovetop, electric or the new Instant Pot? Are you one of the people who is scared to try any type of pressure cooker all together? Believe me, I was one of those people.
I only started using a pressure cooker in the last year. Hubby insisted I get one. I insisted he stand by my side the first time I used it. Do you know what I made? Sticky Toffee Pudding. This pressure cooker dessert is FANTASTIC!!
Pressure cooker baked beans is my third or fourth time using my stovetop pressure cooker. All the recipes I have tried so far have turned out. Woo hoo! If I can do it so can you. Now I can cook (without supervision), and no longer fear disaster. I still remember horror stories of tops blowing off pressure cookers, and the food ending up on the kitchen ceiling.
How To Make Baked Beans
There are various methods of making baked beans. The traditional baked beans method involves soaking the beans overnight, cooking the beans in a pot THEN finally baking the beans in the oven with a delicious sauce. This pressure cooker baked beans recipe sure cuts out a lot of time.
You can cook baked beans in the slow cooker too. I found this method great, but I am sort of biased since I LOVE my slow cooker. I still think it is the BEST invention ever! Throw ingredients into the pot, turn it on and go about my day. Brilliant.
Baked Beans Basics
Here is where the fun starts. So many great variations. From different varieties of beans, to whether you use ketchup, molasses or brown sugar. Baked beans recipes all have subtle differences that produce award winning beans throughout the world. French Canadian baked beans use maple syrup. Bet you didn’t know that EH?
When looking at all the different recipes out there, I knew for sure my recipe had to include bacon. EVERYTHING tastes better with bacon. Don’t fret, it really doesn’t require extra work (or mess). Since this was a quick method, I cheated and used store bought bacon bits. We love BBQ season, and love to make our own BBQ sauces. This was another ingredient that was a “must include” in this baked beans recipe.
Once you try making pressure cooker baked beans from scratch, heading to the grocery store for store bought beans in a can will be history. What an economical way to feed a family, and YOU get to flavour them just the way YOU like to.
Pressure Cooker Baked Beans Tips
In case you have never made beans in the pressure cooker, you might find these few tips helpful. These tips are for a “stove top” pressure cooker.
- I prefer to soak my beans overnight (with a bit of salt). This makes the beans cook evenly and prevents them from bursting open. If you didn’t plan for this, you can try the quick soak method.
- Add some oil to the cooking liquid.
- Use the natural release method to release the pressure.
- You can cook on high or low (this recipe was cooked on HIGH). If you choose low, please allow extra cooking time.
If you have an electric pressure cooker, these tips from TheKitchn may be helpful.
Are you excited to give this quick baked beans recipe a try? In just a few minutes you will have a delicious pot of beans. Be brave, you can do it. Give this Pressure Cooker Baked Beans with Bacon recipe a try. Your family will think you spent hours in the kitchen.
What is your favourite sauce to use in baked beans?
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Quick Pressure Cooker Baked Beans with Bacon
- 1 pound navy beans (soaked overnight)
- 3/4 cup onion (diced)
- 1/2 cup bbq sauce (your choice of flavour)
- 1 cup ketchup
- 1/2 cup bacon bits
- 2 cups water
- 2 tbsp avocado oil (divided)
- salt & pepper (to season)
***PRE SOAK** beans overnight. Add 1 tsp. of salt to the water when soaking.
Alternatively you can use the quick soak method. See post for link.
Remove any floaters from the soaking beans. Drain and place in the pressure cooker.
- Add the water to the pressure cooker (follow directions for your particular model) along with the additional tbsp. of avocado oil.
**NOTE** Hot water will heat up faster.
Place lid on pressure cooker and secure. Cook on HIGH. Once pressure level is reached, reduce heat to maintain level, and cook for 12 minutes.
Remove from heat and use the NATURAL RELEASE method of pressure release.
Once pressure is off, open lid, and drain the beans. Set aside.
Place the (now empty) pressure cooker on a med-high heat.
Add the additional tbsp. of oil and the diced onion. Season with salt and pepper. Cook until translucent, about 5 minutes.
Add water, ketchup and bbq sauce. Mix well. Add cooked beans.
Bring to a boil and simmer for about 15 minutes.
Although the BEANS cook in 12 minutes, and then simmer for 15 minutes...NOTE the soaking time and release time are extra.
From start of cooking to finish (not including soaking time) you should be able to make this recipe in about 1 hour.