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Summer Side Series - Baked Beans

So, here's a super summer side for our Summer Side Series! Although not quite like "Sally sells seashells down by the seashore" still bet you can't say it fast three times in a row ... after you're done working on that, check out the Best Baked Beans recipe I've found (and I've tried several). These Baked Beans are so good that they've won 4 BBQ competitions! Of course, they have bacon, because baked barbeque beans are better with bacon, but aside from the silly tongue twisters, these Baked Beans are seriously good! Sweet with just a touch of heat, they make are a big hit as a summer side dish!

A picture of baked beans in a cast iron skillet.
Best Baked Beans!

Ingredients:

1/2 lb. bacon chopped

1/2 yellow onion chopped

1 red bell pepper chopped

1 clove garlic minced

1 can 15oz. pinto beans drained & rinsed

1 can 15oz. butter beans drained & rinsed

1 can 15oz. kidney beans drained & rinsed

1 can 15oz. baked beans

3/4 cup ketchup

1/4 cup molasses

1 tsp. hot sauce (Tabasco is great)

2/3 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 tsp. coarse ground black pepper

1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

1 tbsp. dry yellow mustard


Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2. Cook the bacon in a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat.

3. Remove the bacon and allow it to cool.

4. Drain half the fat, then add the onion to the skillet and cook for 5 to 7 minutes, or until it begins to caramelize.

5. Add the garlic and bell pepper and cook an additional 30 seconds, stirring well.

6. In a large mixing bowl, add the bacon, onion, garlic, and the rest of the ingredients and mix well.

7. Pour the mixture back into the cast iron skillet and bake covered in foil for one hour, then uncover and bake an additional 10 minutes.

Note: I always double this recipe because there's just never enough and leftovers are great. If there's too much to fit into the cast iron skillet, pour the mixture into a 9x13" baking pan instead. You can also try different variations of this recipe by switching the variety of beans, adding a can of chopped tomatoes, or some chopped jalapenos to make it extra "zippy" if you'd like.

But however you do this one — Enjoy!

*This recipe was adapted from https://dinnerthendessert














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