Instant Pot Barbecue Beans

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 40 min
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings
Traditional baked beans need to cook for hours, but these Instant Pot ones are ready in 40 minutes! They also use a secret ingredient: bourbon. To make the dish vegetarian, simply omit the bacon.



  1. Put the bacon in a 6- to 8-quart Instant Pot; set to sauté on medium heat. Cook, stirring, until the bacon is crisp and the fat is rendered, about 5 minutes. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and transfer to a paper towel–lined plate. Pour off all but 2 tablespoons fat from the pot.
  2. Add the onion and 1 teaspoon each salt and black pepper to the Instant Pot. Cook, stirring, until the onion is soft and translucent, 6 to 7 minutes. Add the paprika and cayenne; cook 30 seconds. Add the broth and scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon. Turn off the sauté function. Stir in the beans, brown sugar, molasses, vinegar, tomato paste, bourbon and mustard.
  3. Put on the lid, making sure the steam valve is in the sealing position. Set to pressure-cook on high for 10 minutes. When the time is up, carefully turn the steam valve to the venting position and let the pressure release. Carefully remove the lid. Set the pot to sauté on medium heat; cook until the beans thicken slightly, about 5 minutes. Stir in the reserved bacon.