Now that the weather is finally getting bearable, I have grilling and cookouts on my mind. Basically, my favorite part of summer. There’s nothing better than getting together with family and friends, throwing some burgers and corn on the grill and some cool refreshing salads. Well, baked beans make any barbeque better.
These are our favorite recipe but I decided to change it up a bit and try something a little different recently. Joel grew up on those baked beans so he was very leery of something new and I have to say he didn’t totally embrace them but I thought they were a nice change of pace.
This recipe is definitely more on the smoky side of things versus the super sweet version we’re used to gobbling down. That is due to the fact that barbecue is used, in addition to other ingredients, to make the sauce. It adds some extra flavor and zing and it makes these beans customizable depending on your taste. If you’re a KC BBQ fan like us, use your favorite sweet sauce (this is what we love) or if you like it spicy go that route. It’s all up to you and the sauce you choose really dictates the direction of these beans.
I’m kind of cursing myself right now because the thing I’ve been craving the most since going vegetarian for Lent is a big, juice bacon cheeseburger. And now I can’t stop thinking about them. That would be so good right now with a side of these beans and some cucumber salad. How many more days until Easter? And is it appropriate to have a burger for breakfast that morning?
Bacon and Brown Sugar Baked Beans
recipe slightly adapted from The Recipe Girl
6 slices bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 large onion, peeled and finely diced
3/4 cup barbeque
1/4 to 1/2 cup brown sugar (depending on how sweet you like things)
2 Tbsp. tomato paste
2 Tbsp. yellow mustard
3 (15 ounce) cans white beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup chicken stock
Salt and pepper, to taste
1. In a skillet over medium-high heat, cook bacon until browned but not yet crispy. Add the onion and cook until translucent and bacon is crisp, another 4 to 5 minutes.
2. Place bacon and onions into a slow cooker along with the remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Cook on low for 4-6 hours.