Baked beans complete the menu for a summer barbecue. There’s a million and three ways to prepare them: totally from scratch, semi-homemade, spicy, sweet, thick, thin, stovetop, oven, etc. Everyone needs to have a favorite baked beans recipe socked away when you’re tasked with bringing this dish to the next summer cookout. I put together this version over the weekend and it’s taken the top spot as the best easy baked beans recipe that I’ve made so far.
I took it to a neighborhood party and I left with a dish that had been scraped clean, so it’s safe to say that it was a hit. But really, when you add bacon and sweet Vidalia onion – cooked in the bacon grease, of course – how could it not be good?
All of my baked beans recipes start with cans of good ole plain pork & beans. Oh sure, you could go fully homemade by cooking up some dry beans, but in my mind, baked beans should be quick and easy, so just go ahead and try to pry my pork and beans out of my hands. I’ll bite you.
Take these beans to your next cookout and then come back here and tell me how many people begged you for the recipe. It’s up to you to decide if you want to share it, or if you want to keep it secret and just be the person everyone asks to “bring the beans” to every barbecue.
|The Only Baked Beans Recipe You Need|| |
- About 8 slices of raw bacon
- 4 15oz cans of Pork and Beans
- 1 large vidalia onion, chopped small
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- ½ cup ketchup
- ½ cup BBQ sauce *
- ¼ cup light brown sugar, packed
- 1 TBS yellow mustard
- 1 TBS Worcestershire sauce
- 5 drops liquid smoke
- ¼ tsp fresh ground black pepper, or more to taste
- Cook bacon however you desire (err on the side of slightly underdone) and set onto layered paper towels to drain. Reserve a couple tablespoons of the bacon grease.
- Pre-heat oven to 350F
- Heat reserved bacon grease in a large deep saute pan and add the onions. Cook on medium heat until onions are translucent and fragrant, and then add the minced garlic and cook 1-2 minutes more. Remove from heat.
- Pour the liquid off the top of the pork and beans and discard. You want there to be a little liquid left, so do not fully drain or rinse. Add the beans to the saute pan with the ketchup, BBQ sauce, brown sugar, mustard Worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke, and pepper.
- Chop the drained bacon coarsely and add to the pan. Mix all ingredients together and transfer to a 9x13 baking dish. Bake on center rack for about an hour until nice and bubbly and a slight skin begins to form on the top.
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