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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These baked beans are semi-homemade and the perfect blend of sweet, savory and smoky! Topped with delicious bacon, they're sure to be a hit!
10 slices bacon diced
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
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 13x9 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.
** if you want to feed a larger crowd, you can up the amount of pork and beans to 84 oz, and just make your ingredients a heaping measurement.