Test Kitchen # 62 ~ Baked Beans

I do not normally like baked beans. Not for any good reason…they just don’t float my boat.

But then one day my friend Christy brought a batch to a gathering and oh, my goodness they were so good. I was skeptical that it was some sort of fluke so when we recently had her family, along with some other friends, over for a pool party/cookout  I may or may not have strongly hinted that she should bring her baked beans.

simple baked beans recipe

I am happy to report that the beans were just as good as before and she was willing to share her recipe too.
So be sure pin this recipe because it is a keeper and the perfect addition to any end of summer or back to school cookouts you have coming up!

What you’ll need:
6 slices of bacon, fried and crumbled
1 small onion
1 clove of garlic, or about 1 or 1 1/2 TBS of minced jarred garlic
3/4 cup barbecue sauce (may substitute with ketchup if needed)
1/2 cup molasses 
1/4 cup brown sugar (if you don’t use Blackstrap molasses you can omit the sugar) 
2 TBS Worcestershire sauce
1 TBS yellow mustard
1/2 tsp black pepper
a dash of liquid smoke
6 cans of your preferred beans (she uses 1 each of navy, northern, kidney, black, pinto, and baked)
What you’ll do:
Saute your onion and garlic using a little of the bacon grease.
Combine with the bacon pieces and all of the other ingredients except the beans in your crock pot.*
Rinse all of your beans and then add them to the crock pot.
Cook them on high for 1 to 2 hours.
Turn the crock pot to low and continue to cook for two or three more hours.

Serve hot and delicious with burgers and brats or whatever grill goodness you have going on.

baked beans, simple easy baked beans

*You can bake these in a 9×13 pan at 350 degrees for about 1 1/2 hours. Also, you can apparently add in a pound of sizzled Conecuh sausage and really up the taste factor.

Enjoy!

Tuesday’s Table

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