Baked beans are so good! They're warm and comforting, and just a little bit goes a long way because they're extremely filling. Many prefer baked beans drenched in barbecue sauce, but others are more of a purist. The recipe below leaves them mostly as is, with just a little onion mixed in for flavoring. That combination is the only way to really get the full creaminess of the beans, and that ham flavor that really packs a punch of its own.
If you make baked beans in the oven, that can take an entire afternoon because, let's face it, beans take a long time to cook. But you can make them in the slow cooker. You still have to let the beans soak overnight – the most inactive form of cooking there is. But after that, you just dump everything in the slow cooker and come back to a delicious and hearty meal (or side dish) when you get home. Scoop them out, pour some of that hearty broth over your serving and enjoy.