As I prepare for our weekend get-togethers, I am gathering my recipes. I am sure that I am not alone! Anyone else considered buying food at Costco, putting it in another container, and passing it off as homemade? Just kidding….I wouldn’t do that….again.
Generally, baked beans are my favorite side dish to bring to gatherings. Why?
- It’s easy! Dump it all in the crock pot. Put it on low. Done.
- It’s cheap! There are a few ingredients that are not cheap in my recipe, but once you buy them the first time, they will last awhile. Overall, beans are cheap!
- Everyone likes them! Many times, the potluck table is covered with fancy dishes that my kids won’t touch. They are good eaters. But, when you put chips next to a vegetable casserole……guess what will win? They will take the beans….alongside some chips, of course.
- It’s protein! My kids feast on white sugar and white flour at every function that we attend. It makes me feel better to know that the protein in the beans will help offset some of the empty carbs they will be sure to consume. (Okay, there is sugar in my recipe….but, I can live in my dreamland that it is a little healthier, right?)
- They feed a lot! This recipe makes enough to feed many people! I don’t know the exact number. But, it fills my crock pot to about 3/4 full. (If you want to make a smaller batch, then just half the recipe.)
Best Ever BBQ Baked Beans
5 (16 oz.) cans of pork-n-beans, drained
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup molasses (honey will work, but it is not as good)
3/4 cup BBQ sauce (I use K.C. Masterpiece Original.)
1/4 cup ketchup
1 Tablespoon minced onion
1 Tablespoon chili powder
1 Tablespoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon liquid smoke
Bacon, fried and crumbled, to taste (Or you can use real bacon bits.)
In the crock pot: Put everything in the Crock-Pot. Cook on high for about 2 hours or on low for about 4-5 hours.
On the stove: Put all the ingredients in a large pot. Bring it to a gentle boil. Turn it down to low. Cook on low for a minimum of 30 minutes. The longer it simmers, the better it will taste.
What are you cooking this weekend?