Call it a gathering, get together, or whatever, but it's not a cookout if baked beans aren't in the mix. It's like having a table full of dessert and having the AUDACITY to leave out peach cobbler. It's just disrespectful.
Check out this yummy recipe from Randi of Dukes and Duchesses here. And if you really want to crank it up a notch, here's a recipe for a highly delish baked beans recipe. (Don't tell ya mama).