This easy baked beans recipe, loaded with navy beans, bacon, and brown sugar is perfect for picnics and BBQs.
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.
Opening up a can of baked beans is easy, but why do that when it is so quick and easy to make them yourself.
This easy Baked Beans 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 diabeetus, said in your best Wilford Brimley voice, and heart disease.
Our baked beans recipe is also very forgiving, making it a great beginner’s recipe.
There is nothing like a few successes to give you confidence in the kitchen.
Starting with recipes that have a wide berth for a margin of error are what we recommend for folks just learning how to cook.
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.
Heck, you could probably even use browned ground beef if you wanted.
My recipe for Baked Beans can be made on the stove top or in the oven.
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.
If I am being super lazy, I’ll put these in a slow cooker set on low for 4 to 6 hours.
The recipe calls for a dutch oven, but any large saucepan will do.
If baking your baked beans, make sure that any saucepan you use has an oven-safe lid before trying this method.
You will get 16 half-cup servings from this recipe.
It can easily be doubled giving you enough baked beans for a large group or crowd.
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- 1/2 lb. chopped bacon
- 1.5 cups white or yellow onion, chopped
- 1 tsp. salt
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1.5 cups ketchup
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 2 tbsp. yellow mustard
- 1 tbsp. chili powder
- 4 cans of navy beans, drained and rinsed
- 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.
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Serving Size:1/2 cup
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 216 Total Fat: 6.2g Saturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 16mg Sodium: 993mg Carbohydrates: 33.9g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 23.2g Protein: 9g
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