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Best-Ever Baked Beans

Best-Ever Baked Beans with Bacon

The Best Baked Beans Ever

I never knew baked beans could be this good. I never knew baked beans could be improved upon; I never knew baked beans could be such a triumph, such a prayer, such a song. Did I mention….bacon?!! These are the best bacon baked beans!!

Best-Ever Baked Beans

Recipe by The Pioneer Woman

Serves up to 18

Ingredients:

  • 8 slices bacon, halved
  • 1 medium onion, cut into small dice
  • 1/2 medium green pepper, cut into small dice
  • 3 large cans (28 ounces each) pork and beans
  • 3/4 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup distilled or cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard or 2 tablespoons Dijon

Steps:

  1. Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and heat oven to 325 degrees. Fry bacon in large, deep sauté pan skillet until bacon has partially cooked and released about 1/4 cup drippings.
  2. Remove bacon from pan and drain on paper towels. Add onions and peppers to drippings in pan and sauté until tender, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add beans and remaining ingredients bring to a simmer. (If skillet is not large enough, add beans and heat to a simmer then transfer to a large bowl and stir in remaining ingredients).
  4. Pour flavored beans into a greased 13-by 9-inch (or similar size) ovenproof pan.
  5. Top with bacon, then bake until beans are bubbly and sauce is the consistency of pancake syrup, about 2 hours. Let stand to thicken slightly and serve.

Best-Ever Baked Beans with Bacon
Best-Ever Baked Beans with Bacon

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