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Barbecue Lentils Recipe

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By USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council

Try using lentils as your barbecue beans. You will find standard baked beans ingredients including molasses, brown sugar, ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, tomato sauce, and onions. This is simple and easy to make from scratch.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes


  • 2-1/3 cups lentils, rinsed
  • 5 cups water
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon vinegar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce (may use vegetarian variety)
  • 16 ounces tomato sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons minced onions
  • 1/4 teaspoon liquid smoke, optional


Add lentils to water, bring to a boil and simmer for 30 minutes or until tender but whole.

Add molasses, brown sugar, vinegar, ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, tomato sauce, onions, and liquid smoke to the cooked lentils, stirring to combine.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes.

Yield: 8 servings

Recipe Source: USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council
Reprinted with permission.

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 4 out of 5
This is a rvw for BBQ Lentils: Good Basic Recipe, Member jgfrahm

I prepared the lentils according to the recipe, but substituted some tomato paste for a richer sauce, used 1 fresh chopped onion, and cooked in a crockpot for 3 hours instead of baking in the oven. The flavor is good, but could use a little more variety, especially since the lentils don't have much flavor to begin with. I would add 1-2 jalapenos or 2-3 anaheims, some chopped green pepper, and some pineapple.

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