Just the thought of this recipe for BBQ Baked Beans makes the top of my mouth hurt. Because willpower and baking beans simply do not mix.
This is my mom’s baked beans recipe and with it comes a flood of summer memories. Of coming home after a full, hot day swimming, swimming, swimming and diving and flipping and flirting at the pool. Then finally home to the coolness of the air conditioned house where my mom often had these babies on the stove, percolating their way towards dinner.
It took just one step through the door and me and my swimsuit soaked shorts were making a beeline for the stove. There was always a wooden spoon sitting to the side, laced with the dried sauce from my mom’s stirring of the baked beans. One lick and that set off the need for more.
That pot of beans were just begging me to take a bite. Just onnnnnne bite with a little morsel of each ingredient’s goodness. A few beans, onion and okay, green pepper too. I suppose it wouldn’t kill a teenager. And of course, a few extra sliced of barbeque sauce soaked bacon. That was always my favorite part. Because, I mean, bacon.
Those beans were bubbling hot. Literally bubbling. And I’d blow, and blow and debate on how long I could hold out for that first bite. And inevitably, I couldn’t take it one. second. longer. and I’d take the baked bean plunge and spoon that barbequed bite into my mouth. And ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS end up with a scorched roof of my mouth that would quickly blister and leave totally raw.
Which made for a challenging second bite.
But you can bet your barbequed baked bean dollar, I was always up for the task.
About the recipe:
This recipe makes enough to serve a group and makes a great take along dish for a summer get together. If you’re preparing for a smaller crowd and don’t want leftovers, you must be crazy. Because they’re the best part and eating them cold out of the refrigerator the next day is almost even better than the first day. But in case you still want less, cut the recipe in half, everything divides pretty easily but use 2 tablespoons of the brown sugar.
I use a 1 pound package of bacon in this recipe because to me, those bacon bites are the best part! Feel free to use less if you’d prefer.
I use canned pork & beans for this recipe because that’s what my mom has always done. My mother in law said her mother in law used to use Great Northern beans in her recipe. You can certainly experiment and mix and match. I think I’ll give it a try next time.
Even though it’s mixed in and cooked down, I still use a high quality barbeque sauce in this recipe since it’s the main flavor builder. And I go the easy route and buy it from the store instead of making homemade. This time around I used Stubb’s. I tend to choose a regular barbeque sauce instead of mesquite or honey flavors because of the extra mustard and brown sugar I add in.
The yellow mustard adds a vinegar tang to the dish. If you’re not a fan of tang, or vinegar, or mustard, start off with 1 teaspoon instead of 1 tablespoon, and build your flavor from there.
The Best BBQ Baked Beans
- 1 pound bacon sliced
- 1 green bell pepper seeded and diced
- 1 medium yellow onion diced
- 1 3- pound 53 ounce can pork & beans
- 1 cup barbeque sauce
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon mustard
Bring a dutch oven or large pot to medium high heat and add the sliced bacon. Cook for about 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until bacon begins to crisp. Drain the bacon slices on a plate lined with a paper towel, and reserve 2 tablespoons of the bacon drippings in the pan, discard the rest.
Add the green bell pepper and onion to the bacon drippings and cook for 5 minutes or until the vegetables soften, stirring often. Add the pork & beans, barbeque sauce, brown sugar and mustard and stir to combine. Bring to a boil then reduce to simmer, cover with a lid and cook for 1 hour. Stir occasionally so the beans don't stick to the bottom of the pan. Serve warm or at room temperature.
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I LOVE chipotle and this vegan version adds more bite with tempeh, and comfort thanks to a slow and delicious bake in the oven.
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