BEST BAKED BEANS recipe
Ah....baked beans! Comfort food at its finest. Delicious and mouth-watering goodness, with heat and sweet in every bite. Who doesn't like baked beans? Well, I'm sure some folks don't. But for those of you with TASTE BUDS this recipe will knock your socks off!
And it is EASY!
Don't be intimidated by the ingredient list. I have carefully worked on this recipe for a long time, tweaking and trying to get it just right. I think it has finally arrived. And now I am ready to share it with you!
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WHAT MAKES THIS BAKED BEANS RECIPE SPECIAL? Some secret ingredients like 12oz. of dark beer, a nice blend of 3 different bean styles and just a dab of Hot Sauce to give it a little kick without being too spicy. See below!
The Shopping List
Okay, so lets start with what you need to go and get from the store (assuming you don't have these in your home already) for the best baked beans recipe!
WHAT YOU NEED FOR THE ULTIMATE BAKED BEANS RECIPE:
1. 2 cans of red kidney beans
2. 1 can of white kidney beans
3. 1 can of black beans
4. 1/2 cup Molasses
5. 1 TB Worcestershire Sauce
6. 1 Cup Brown Sugar
7. 1 TB salt (I use Morton's coarse Kosher salt)
8. 1/4 cup Honey
9. 1/4 cup ketchup
10. 12 oz. of your favorite dark BEER! The alcohol boils off - this is merely for some additional flavor complexity. If you really don't want to use this - save at least 8 ounces of the bean juice from the canned beans to use instead.
11. 1 TB Frank's Hot Sauce
12. 1 TB dried mustard powder
13. 1 12oz. package of your favorite bacon
14. 1 Onion (sweet onions are a good choice) - chopped, but not TOO fine
The Directions: Get Your Crock Pot
Yes - You need a crock pot. And you need at least 12 hours! DON'T worry...you won't be in the kitchen for 12 hours. You can just set these and forget them! But give them this long or you will regret it!
FIRST: Open the beans, drain them, and put the beans into the crock pot (not on yet!)
SECOND: Add you chopped onions to the crock pot with the beans (see, I told you this was EASY!)
THIRD: Cut up your package of bacon (uncooked) into 1/2 to 1 inch slices and add it all to the crock pot.
FOURTH: Add all the ingredients from #4 - #12 above to a small cooking pot and bring it to a simmer on the stove for about 10 minutes.
FIFTH: Still with me? Add the simmering liquid to the other ingredients in the crock pot.
SIXTH: Turn on the crock pot. Put it on high for about 8 hours with the lid on. Then drop it to low for about 4 hours with the lid off. The "lid off" part is to try and boil off some of the liquid and make the whole thing nice and thick. If necessary, kick it back up to high with the lid off to boil off more liquid. We don't want them too runny. And remember to stir the baked beans every so often too!
You can eat them now. Or, if you have the time, letting them cool will thicken them up even more. Then just re-heat in the crock pot or microwave.
That's it!! Now you have it. Get ready to impress your friends and neighbors with the best baked beans recipe you will ever try!!