Cooktop Cove: How to make Southern style baked beans with bacon
By Audrey Michels
Smoky baked beans are one of those foods that holds a powerful, specific memory for many of us. I remember eating them at summer camp growing up, and thinking that this was what cowboys ate in the wild west. It turns out the cowboys actually ate something called, quite appropriately, "cowboy beans" (or "chuckwagon beans"), but they're not too far off from the smoky, tangy beans we know and love. Their version used pinto beans and ground beef, and this one uses Dijon mustard and Worcester sauce. Oh, and bacon!
I'm looking forward to creating new memories with this recipe; it’s spicy enough to make you sweat, and easy enough that anyone can make it. Plus, did I mention it has bacon? Think of a bad bacon memory. I dare you.
See? It's impossible.
Southern Style Baked Beans with Bacon
8
25 minutes
40 minutes
65 minutes
6 strips of bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 medium onions, diced
1 ¼ cup barbecue sauce (homemade or store-bought)
¾ cup beer
¼ cup light molasses
3 tablespoons spicy (or Dijon) mustard
2 tablespoons (packed) dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons Worcester sauce
2 teaspoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon ketchup
1-4 canned chipotle chilies (depending on how spicy you like it!)
1/2 seeded jalapeño pepper, minced
6 cans Great Northern beans
Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Add the bacon to a deep saucepan and cook over a medium heat until some fat renders, about three minutes.
Add the diced onion to the saucepan and cook until it begins to turn translucent and the bacon has become crispy.
Add the barbecue sauce, beer, molasses, mustard, brown sugar, Worcester sauce, soy sauce, ketchup, chilies, and jalapeño and stir to combine.
Add beans and stir.
Transfer everything to a baking dish (ideally one with a fitted lid, although you can cover it with aluminum foil if necessary) and bake for an hour, checking after 40 minutes.
Allow to cool slightly before serving.
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