This article was created in partnership with BUSH’S® Beans as part of Cooking for Healthyish People: Beans 101.

No barbecue or tailgate is complete without a hearty pot of baked beans. Since someone will inevitably bring the classic rendition to your next potluck, why not show off your inner Top Chef? We've teamed up with BUSH’S® Beans to bring you these simple but totally awesome upgrades.

Bourbon Peach BBQ Baked Beans

If you love Southern cooking, look no further than this recipe. These beans get a fruity, caramel-y flavor from fresh peaches and a dose of bourbon. Pour yourself a sweet tea and enjoy picnic style, because why not?

Bush's Grilled Corn Salsa

Is it a salsa? Is it baked beans? Surprise—it's both! Grilled corn and green pepper add a smokey-sweet flavor while a can each of BUSH’S® Baked Beans and BUSH’S® Black Beans transforms this party snack into a meal-worthy dip. Get some sturdy tortilla chips, because this salsa is no joke.

Give baked beans a spicy kick with some sliced (seed-in, for the brave) jalapeño. And while bacon might seem like the star ingredient in this recipe (which, hey, we're not saying it isn't), a heaping drizzle of molasses balances the heat and smokiness with a rich, sweet flavor. Count us in for seconds.

Pineapple Baked Beans

Whether or not you're team pineapple-on-pizza, this tropical upgrade is the dish your cookout has been missing. Using fruit as a natural sweetener gives these beans a refreshing flavor that's perfect for a warm summer day.

Dr. Pepper Baked Beans

It's hard to go wrong when cooking with Dr. Pepper (or Mr. Pibb, we don't judge). Though, really, you can do it up with just about any of your favorite sodas as a creative alternative to brown sugar.

Baked Beans With Burnt Ends

If you love bacon in your baked beans, then you'll be over the moon for this recipe. Beans and roughly chopped burnt ends simmer in a pot of barbecue sauce, tomatoes, and spices for about two hours. The result is melt-in-your-mouth heaven, served best with a side of cornbread.

Baked Eggs With Spicy Beans

Those Brits were definitely onto something when they invented beans on toast. This version, with its gooey poached egg in the middle, makes a good, hearty brunch.

Coconut Curry Baked Beans

We'd have never thought to combine Indian flavors with an American barbecue staple, but somehow, it works. Curry powder, red pepper flakes, and cumin pack heat and flavor, while coconut milk creates a creamy texture. The best part? Your slow cooker does all the work.

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