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crockpot baked beans with sausage, white bowl, red napkin

Dad Approved Crockpot Baked Beans with Sausage

Jessica Bruno
Dad and kid approved Crockpot baked beans with sausage and low sugar. Perfect as a treat for a diabetic. The addition of ground beef or sausage creates a full meal.
Prep Time 2 hrs
Cook Time 3 hrs 30 mins
Total Time 5 hrs 30 mins


  • 1 lb dried great northern beans
  • 1/2 lb thick bacon slices chopped we cheated and used microwavable back / no mess!
  • 2 large onions chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves minced we used 3 small spoonfuls of jarred minced garlic to save time
  • 2 cups Heinz No Sugar added ketchup
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar free maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 cup ground sausage


  • Sort beans and rinse with cold water, cover beans with water (about 2 inches) in dutch oven/pot on stove and bring to a boil. Boil for 2-3 minutes and remove from heat. Cover and let sit for 1 hour until beans are soft. Drain and rinse beans. Then repeat boiling process. Add drained beans back to the dutch oven, add 6 cups of water and bring to a boil. Once boiling, remove from heat, cover and let sit for an hour until beans are tender.
  • In a large skillet, cook bacon and once cooked, place on paper towels reserving 2 tsp of drippings. (If you buy the microwave bacon, skip this step and proceed to sauteing onion.)
  • Add 1 tsp olive oil to skillet and saute onion until tender.
  • Add garlic, cook one minute longer
  • Stir in ketchup, brown sugar, syrup, worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper (1/3 cup molasses optional)
  • Drain beans reserving 1 - 2 cups cooking liquid.
  • Add all ingredients to crockpot stirring gently.
  • Add desired amount of cooking liquid based on thickness preference. My mom used 1 cup reserved cooking liquid
  • Cook on low in crockpot for 3.5 - 4 hours stirring occasionally


This recipe was adapted from a 2017 Crockpot magazine which originally called for stovetop cooking in a dutch oven. We omitted the molasses and used less brown sugar, substituting with Sugar Free Maple Syrup.