Brown Sugar and Bacon Baked Beans

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Baked beans are such classic summer cookout/bbq food… and really easy to make yourself! Don’t reach for a can of pre-seasoned and full of preservatives beans… whip up these easy and lip-smackingly delicious brown sugar and bacon baked beans instead! Your mouth will thank you.

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I’ve made these beans with plain pork and beans, and with canned, already seasoned beans. If you decide to use a seasoned bean variety, like a “country style”, “homestyle”, or “honey” you’ll want to cut back a little with the molasses and brown sugar, since yours are already seasoned Although, if you forget and use the whole amount, they won’t be bad… just SUPER seasoned lol. Ahem, that may have happened to me a time or two…. possibly….

“I doctor up canned baked beans with apple and brown sugar to make them sticky and sweet. This is the easiest recipe to make.”
I am not a bake bean lover, Baked Beans are one of my husband’s favoite foods. So I decided to try this recipe. It is great. To cut back on the calories, I used Splenda’s Brown Sugar Blend. I used half of the sugar that the recipe called for. They turned out great. I’ll be eating more baked beans. the apples added a wonderful flavor to them.

Even my kids will eat up these baked beans, and kids aren’t known to be bean-a-holics. People who aren’t bean fans will come back for more. And it only takes a few minutes to get this dish on the table. I seriously don’t know if I’ll ever be able to post another recipe with such teensy directions. Happy cookout season.

Enjoy 🙂

Ingredients
10 slices bacon halved
1 yellow onion finely diced
1/2 green bell pepper finely diced
54 oz can pork and beans or equivalent number of smaller cans
4 Tbsp ketchup
1/4 cup molasses
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup cider vinegar
2 tsp dry mustard

Instructions
Cook bacon about half way through (in whichever way you want), and set aside to drain on a paper towel.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees and set rack to the lower-middle rack position.
In a deep skillet, heat about 2 Tbsp of bacon grease (or butter) over MED heat. Add diced onion and green pepper and saute about 5 minutes, until softened.
Add remaining ingredients and stir to combine well. Let mixture simmer for a minute or so.
While the mixture is simmering, grease a 13×9 baking dish.
Pour beans into the prepared baking dish and lay cooked bacon on top of the beans.
Bake for 2-3 hours, depending on your desired consistency.
Let the beans stand for 5 minutes before serving.

Source : allrecipes.com

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