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All American Side: Smoky Baked Beans

Baked beans, whether from the South or Boston, are a traditional all-American side. As easy as it is to crack open a can of Bush's, pour into a pot, heat them up, and enjoy, sometimes it's nice to make a delicious batch of homemade (ok semi-homemade) baked beans. These pair perfectly with your standard bbq fare: hamburgers, salmon burgers, ribs, barbecued chicken, or even a nice hearty green salad. Whatever you serve them with, be sure to have a few chilled beers ready and waiting to wash these delicious spicy, sweet baked beans down. You can have the recipe, all you have to do is


Smoky Baked Beans
Modified from Bon Appetit magazine

6 bacon slices
1 1/2 cups chopped onion
1 1/4 cups purchased barbecue sauce
3/4 cup dark beer
1/4 cup mild-flavored (light) molasses
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons (packed) dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon soy sauce
4 to 6 teaspoons minced canned chipotle chilies
2 cans of black beans
2 cans of pinto beans
2 cans of the northern beans

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Cook bacon in large skillet over medium heat until crisp. Transfer to paper towels and drain. Transfer 2 1/2 tablespoons bacon drippings from skillet to large bowl.
  3. Finely chop bacon; add to bowl.
  4. Add onion and next 7 ingredients to bowl and whisk to blend.
  5. Whisk in 4 to 6 teaspoons chipotle chilies, depending on spiciness desired.
  6. Stir in beans. Transfer bean mixture to 13 x 9 x 2-inch glass baking dish. Bake uncovered until liquid bubbles and thickens slightly, about 1 hour. Cool 10 minutes.
  7. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.

Serves 8-10.

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LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 10 years
YES! You've gotta have baked beans!
lulis lulis 10 years
Yum! Sounds really easy to make :)
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Oh yeah. These sound fabulous.
amandaaa amandaaa 10 years
mmm i love baked beans! full of fiber, too!
Lorrie30 Lorrie30 10 years
Hope you are a good cook :)
jewelsugar jewelsugar 10 years
I love the homecooked baked beans that have a thick sauce with lots of molasses! Then again, I settle for the canned variety at least once a week...
demeter demeter 10 years
OMG those look great! I love beans!
sugardumplin sugardumplin 10 years
Another easy one- Bush's makes a 'Boston' baked bean variety. Open up a couple of those, add some cooked bacon and sauteed onion, a couple tablespoons of dijon mustard and brown sugar, and most importantly, a diced granny smith apple. Bake them for about an hour on 350, and omg... Yum.
Kaciegrrl Kaciegrrl 10 years
Looks delish, Yum, thanks! My mom always used a couple of cans of Van Camp's baked beans (may be a Southern brand), poured them in a glass baking dish and added lots of brown sugar and bacon slices and baked for 30-40 mins. Simple, quick and very yummy!
meganekko meganekko 10 years
my boyfriend's favourite food is baked beans... maybe i should copy this recipe
Janners Janners 10 years
Baked beans are just about my favourite thing in the world.
Hope5 Hope5 10 years
Looks easy and yummy!
garveygirl garveygirl 10 years
I have made this recipe before - it is very easy and very very tasty. Enjoy!
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