What say you about this at a BBQ place? I think I've decided it's a deal breaker. I've experienced it twice at otherwise really good BBQ places. One was Bayport BBQ, where I found everything other than this and the pulled pork about as good as it gets in MN. The beans could have been awesome--there were big chunks of really tasty meat, but other than that, blatantly Bush's/supermarket tasting. Yuck.
I make baked beans from scratch at home all the time, so I know it's a simple, inexpensive thing to do with great results. Beans are cheap. They don't suffer from production in volume. The process isn't labor intensive. There are a million great recipes. They keep well. Why not make them from scratch and give them a signature? Or, at the very least, doctor them enough that they're not so obviously canned? Even dumping in some other bean would help, because those perfectly uniform nondescript beans in goopy, overly sweet but otherwise flavorless sauce are a dead giveaway.
So, in a roundabout way, Bayport BBQ thumbs up but a demerit for their beans.