I can’t sit down to anything BBQ related without a side of baked beans to go with it. For me, baked beans, potato salad and some smoked meat (pork shoulder, brisket, ribs, etc.) is my idea of the perfect summer meal.
This recipe is a friend and family favorite. My sister annoyingly asks me to make this at least once a month. I often get asked to make this recipe for other functions because people enjoy it so much. However, I do have to warn you, this recipe is not healthy and has the potential of giving you diabetus, said in your best Wilford Brimley voice, and heart disease.
Using a dutch oven or your heaviest pan, cooking the bacon over medium heat until the bacon is almost crispy
remove the bacon from the pan and remove all but about two tables spoons of the bacon grease.
Add the onions to the dutch oven and add the salt. Saute the onions over medium-low heat until translucent.
Add the garlic to the onions and sauté for about another minute. Do not let the garlic brown.
Add the ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, and chili powder to the Dutch oven.
Stir the mixture up very well to distribute the brown sugar.
Add the navy beans to the Dutch oven and mix.
Place Dutch oven over very low heat. You want a bare simmer. Simmer for a minimum of an hour and your beans are complete.
These baked beans are also very forgiving. Play around with your normal BBQ style spices: chili powder, paprika, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, etc. Browned breakfast sausage and a green bell peppers in this recipe work surprisingly well. Also, if I’m feeling particularly lazy, I’ll put the dutch oven in my oven set to 225 degrees F and forget about it for an hour or two.
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