Tuesday, April 24, 2012

From Scratch Slow Cooked Baked Beans

I have never been a fan of homemade baked beans. Why go through all that work when Bush's tastes better?

Well, THIS tastes like Bush's Baked Beans, but BETTER.

This is a easy recipe, but it takes TIME. Trust me. Its worth it. The crock pot does most of the work for you. Its just not a "oh dinner is in a hour. Baked beans would be a good side" type of recipe. Sorry!

Slow Cooked Baked Beans

1 lb dried white beans
1 cup bean water
1/2 lb of bacon, crisp cooked and crumbled
1 tbsp of the bacon fat
3/4 cup ketchup
1/4 cup mustard
1/4 cup white or apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup dried minced onion
1/4 cup unsweetened molasses
1/4 cup (or more) brown sugar
1 tsp red pepper flakes (or more)
1 tbsp paprika
2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp liquid smoke (optional, but yummy)
salt and pepper

Inspect the beans for rocks. Soak overnight.

In the AM, drain the beans, fill back up with water and simmer for 1 hour.

Drain the beans BUT save 1 cup of the water!

Mix all the ingredients together in a crock pot. Adjust the seasonings to taste, if necessary

Simmer on low alllll day long. Enjoy!

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