Tasty Tuesday: Baked Beans

My son’s birthday party was on Sunday. We had a great time and lots of classic bbq favorites. One of those yummy favorites was baked beans. Having slow cooked them for two hours is what really sealed in the flavors and made them taste completely homemade even though they had a little help from some good old canned pork n beans! I had requests for this recipe immediately upon serving it up! Hope you will enjoy these next chance you get.

Original recipe with my modifications below.

Quick Southern-Style Baked Beans
recipe by Pam Anderson & featured on PW last week

Serves up to 18
8 slices bacon, halved
1 medium onion, cut into small dice
1/2 medium green pepper, cut into small dice
3 large cans (28 ounces each) pork and beans
3/4 cup barbecue sauce
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup distilled or cider vinegar
2 teaspoons dry mustard or 2 tablespoons Dijon

Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and heat oven to 325 degrees. Fry bacon in large, deep sauté pan skillet until bacon has partially cooked and released about 1/4 cup drippings. Remove bacon from pan and drain on paper towels. Add onions and peppers to drippings in pan and sauté until tender, about 5 minutes. Add beans and remaining ingredients bring to a simmer. (If skillet is not large enough, add beans and heat to a simmer then transfer to a large bowl and stir in remaining ingredients). Pour flavored beans into a greased 13-by 9-inch (or similar size) ovenproof pan. Top with bacon, then bake until beans are bubbly and sauce is the consistency of pancake syrup, about 2 hours. Let stand to thicken slightly and serve.

My modifications-I added a few dashes of hot sauce to the bbq sauce mixture and two tbsp’s honey. I think next time I’d make it with molasses too. I had to leave out the bell pepper since Colton doesn’t like green bits in his beans!  I used peppered bacon and fully browned an extra 4 pieces, then crumbled those into the bean mixture before baking for extra flavor. I used distilled vinegar because that’s what I had on hand. These beans were totally fabulous! They were very worth the two hours it took to bake them. I actually baked them the night before the party and just reheated them on low in the slow cooker for the party!

Other items on the menu for Colt’s party were homemade mac n cheese, corn on the cob, mixed fruit, hamburgers & hot dogs. The boys munched on shrimp cocktail, chips, black olives & assorted nuts while waiting for all the food to be ready. I made them a simple fruit punch mixed with lemon lime soda for a refreshing beverage. The kids loved the food and kept saying thanks for everything. I think Colt has the best taste in friends and food. All of these dishes are his favorites!

Spritzy Fruit Punch-

~ by oneshotbeyond on August 31, 2009.

7 Responses to “Tasty Tuesday: Baked Beans”

  1. these look so rich and flavorful – nice party and that is one butt kickin’ punch ‘bowl’ Happy Birthday!

  2. so yum!

  3. Sounds like a pretty sophisticated party for Colton — shrimp cocktail appetizers, fruit punch in such a cool container. And then, such a delightful baked beans recipe. WOW. I’m impressed. Once cool mom to entertain Colton’s friends with such style.

  4. beans beans the magical fruit, the more you eat the more you get the picture!!

    I love bbq beans!!!

  5. These do look lovely indeed.

  6. I am a HUGE fan of good, slow-cooked baked beans, Heather. Now you’ve got my mouth a-watering!

  7. Happy Birthday to your son!

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