Saturday, September 19, 2009

Pioneer Woman's "Best Baked Beans Ever"

Original recipe from The Pioneer Woman

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 (We used 3 15 oz. cans)
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
We also added 8 pieces of cooked crumbled bacon into the beans

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.

I think every family has their "family favorite" baked bean recipe. Not me, I like 'em all! This had more of a smoky flavor to it then my other baked bean recipe I have. It truly tasted like cowboy dutch oven baked beans that were made after a long hard day herding cattle. Yum!


girlichef said...

This has been on my list of things to make...I even have all of the ingredients, just haven't done it yet. Okay, don't have the bacon anymore cuz it got eaten...and that is totally essential. But you've reminded me, so thank you!!! :D

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