Diabetus Baked Beans

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I can’t sit down to anything BBQ related without a side of baked beans to go with it. For me, baked beans, potato salad and some smoked meat (pork shoulder, brisket, ribs, etc.) is my idea of the perfect summer meal.

This recipe is a friend and family favorite. My sister annoyingly asks me to make this at least once a month. I often get asked to make this recipe for other functions because people enjoy it so much. However, I do have to warn you, this recipe is not healthy and has the potential of giving you diabetus, said in your best Wilford Brimley voice, and heart disease.

Diabetus Baked Beans
1/2 lb. chopped bacon
1.5 cups white or yellow onion, chopped
1 tsp. salt
2 gloves garlic
1.5 cups ketchup
2 cups brown sugar
2 tbsp. yellow mustard
1 tbsp. chili powder
4 cans of navy beans, drained and rinsed

Using a dutch oven or your heaviest pan, cooking the bacon over medium heat until the bacon is almost crispy

remove the bacon from the pan and remove all but about two tables spoons of the bacon grease.

Add the onions to the dutch oven and add the salt. Saute the onions over medium-low heat until translucent.

Add the garlic to the onions and sauté for about another minute. Do not let the garlic brown.

Add the ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, and chili powder to the Dutch oven.

Stir the mixture up very well to distribute the brown sugar.

Add the navy beans to the Dutch oven and mix.

Place Dutch oven over very low heat. You want a bare simmer. Simmer for a minimum of an hour and your beans are complete.


These baked beans are also very forgiving. Play around with your normal BBQ style spices: chili powder, paprika, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, etc. Browned breakfast sausage and a green bell peppers in this recipe work surprisingly well. Also, if I’m feeling particularly lazy, I’ll put the dutch oven in my oven set to 225 degrees F  and forget about it for an hour or two.

Other Picnic ideas:

German Potato Salad

Tomato and Cucumber Salad

No-Fail Fruit Cobbler

Cherry Delight



Easy to make Baked Beans smothered in a sweet bacon sauce.


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4 thoughts on “Diabetus Baked Beans

      1. For those of us without a functioning pancreas it’s less funny, as it perpetuates the idea that we’re diabetic because we are too stupid to regulate our sugar intake. That said, the recipe looks good and I look forward to trying it. Thank you.

        1. Dear Claire,

          I am sorry the title of my post has offended you. I was in no way trying to perpetuate that diabetics are stupid. I am of the meme generation and this name literally comes from the meme that was popular years ago poking fun of the Wilford Brimley commercials. We have several friends, colleges, and family members with diabetes. We have shared the name of this recipe with virtually all of them and none of them ever been offended or even hinted that it is offensive. If you look up the word “diabetus” in google, you get two Wilford Brimley commercials as your first two results. This has been a running joke amongst family and friends for years (I get asked to make this for events all the time).

          Our family is very familiar with diabetes and the destruction improperly managed diabetes can have on the body. I recently lost my grandmother, the only grandmother I knew growing up, to kidney failure because she spent most of her adult life not managing her diabetes properly. I also lost my beloved Boston terrier last year after a long battle with cushings and insulin resistance, so the topic of diabetes strikes close to home. So I in no way intended the title of my blog post to be hurtful or insensitive.

          If you have Type 1 diabetes, you have our deepest sympathies, as there is nothing you can do to diet or exercise to change your situation.
          Ron Unz (The Pear Tree Kitchen)

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