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Kansas City BBQ Beans & Burnt Ends

Updated on June 19, 2010
These are so good they should be illegal.
These are so good they should be illegal.



Barbeque (BBQ) beans are an all-time favorite side at any meal especially when coupled with your favorite grilled fare in the spring and summer.

Here in Kansas City, barbeque beans are religious in nature. If your beef brisket or lamb ribs are perfect but not your beans, hold on Nelly. There's sure to be an uprising.

Yes, the barbeque beans are important. And there's no better way to fix them up than Kansas City burnt ends style. So grab a spoon (or ladle) and get ready to rumble!

Beef and Pork Chopped Burnt Ends. The MAGIC! THE BOMB!
Beef and Pork Chopped Burnt Ends. The MAGIC! THE BOMB!
A Fine Cast of Characters
A Fine Cast of Characters

BBQ BEANginnings

Recipes for Barbeque beans are as numerous as those who conjure them up. Every batch is unique in its own strange way.

Over the years, I've grown accustomed to local Kansas City style BBQ beans. It's a good style. The following recipe has been honed and tested near "perfection". I'm pretty sure you'll enjoy it as well.

I invite you to try this recipe first but always feel free to "experiment" along the way. Standard deviation principles apply.

The Ingredients

  • ½ Pound of pre-cooked smoked beef or pork burnt ends (You can substitute your favorite choice of meat but be sure it's been cooked to your liking).
  • 2 Cans of baked beans (28 oz. each) flavor of your choice
  • 1 1/3 Cup of your favorite Bar-B-Que sauce
  • 1 tsp. liquid smoke
  • 1 1/3 Tbs. Chili Powder
  • 1 Tbs. Mustard Powder
  • 3 Tbs. Minced Onion (or sliced if you like)
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tbs. (or more) Vinegar of choice (i.e. rice or apple cider) - Add to taste
  • 2 Tbs. Maple Syrup of choice

As you can see, there's a lot of room for variation according to your choice of meat, sauce, vinegar, and syrup. You'll know when the right combo hits.



  • Combine the beans, chili powder, mustard powder, liquid smoke, and BBQ sauce into a slow cooker. Allow to cook for a few minutes until warm.
  • Taste and season to taste if necessary.
  • Add the meat and stir in. Allow to cook for a few more minutes until the entire mix is warm.
  • Combine the brown sugar, vinegar, and syrup in a separate pot and cook on low heat until liquefied. Take off heat and add to the beans and meat. Allow to warm.
  • Stir in the minced onion. Allow to warm.
  • Continue to cook on low heat and taste every so often to check results :). I like to check for the sweet and sour balance. If it's too sweet, I'll add a dash of vinegar; too sour a dash of sugar. This is part of the fun when preparing this recipe.
  • Allow to cook on low heat for at least 2 hours. Best results are to allow a cook time of 6-8 hours.
  • Dish out and serve!!

Don't Look Now... They're Gone!
Don't Look Now... They're Gone!



  • Calories: NEVER MIND!
  • Flavor Quotient: VERY HIGH!
  • Enjoyment Factor: PRETTY DARN GOOD!
  • Fat of any kind: IT'S IN THERE
  • Serves: 1-6 (but you BETTER be fast)
  • Repeat Business: YOU BETCHA!


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    • Rob Jundt profile imageAUTHOR

      Rob Jundt 

      9 years ago from Midwest USA

      Thanks again for leaving such nice comments. I've said it once and I'll say it again, and again... these are simply delish (col)... try them, you'll love them! Thanks again for dropping by!

    • breakfastpop profile image


      9 years ago

      Sounds delicious, I love baked beans. Thanks..

    • drpastorcarlotta profile image

      Pastor Dr. Carlotta Boles 

      9 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      Hmmmmmm... Great Hub! I'm hungry! lol

    • RGraf profile image

      Rebecca Graf 

      9 years ago from Wisconsin

      Sounds good except for the chili powder. Me and spice do not get along.

    • Bob Ewing profile image

      Bob Ewing 

      10 years ago from New Brunswick

      I enjoy baked beans, delicious.

    • SweetiePie profile image


      10 years ago from Southern California, USA

      This sounds really good, thanks for sharing :).

    • Rob Jundt profile imageAUTHOR

      Rob Jundt 

      10 years ago from Midwest USA

      Thanks everyone for your kind comments. Be sure to give these a whirl and let me know. I've got a few more of these KC BBQ recipes up my sleeve.

    • Chef Jeff profile image

      Chef Jeff 

      10 years ago from Universe, Milky Way, Outer Arm, Sol, Earth, Western Hemisphere, North America, Illinois, Chicago.

      I enjoy making my own bean recipes, so I'll add this one to my growing recipe book.  Thanks!  Also, I am a fan of KC cooking! Especially the BBQ!!!

    • Karen Ellis profile image

      Karen Ellis 

      10 years ago from Central Oregon

      Yum. Anything with Mrs. Butterworth in it has to be good.

    • Wbisbill profile image


      10 years ago from Tennessee USA

      AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. Excuse me - sounds good! Enjoyed this hub.

      Grace and Peace to you.

    • G-Ma Johnson profile image

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      10 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      beans beans, the musical fruit, the more you eat, the more you toot, the more you toot the better you feel, so let's eat beans at every meal. :o) hee hee very well done and will give them a try..Thanks..G-Ma :o) hugs

    • Constant Walker profile image

      Constant Walker 

      10 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

      Sounds delicious, I love BBQ beans with a sweet sauce. I like to add honey to BBQ sauces. It blends really well.

      The play-by-play images were very cool, too.

    • LisaG profile image


      10 years ago from Caribbean

      I really like this. The pictures make you want to just go and prepare a batch right now. It looks delicious!


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