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The Best Baked Beans Ever!

February 9, 2011

I know exactly who I got this recipe from.  An inspiration to myself, the truly phenomenal Pioneer Woman.  Included on her site is a gorgeous Visual Recipe Index you can organize in thumbnail or details view by date, plate, holiday or ingredient.  She shared her original The Best Baked Beans Ever! recipe on her site.  Seriously, I didn’t even change the name of the recipe because she was right!  I just pared down a few of the steps.  I simply had to pass along this go-to breakfast essential.  I make The Best Baked Beans Ever! on a Sunday night and enjoy beans and bacon with my breakfast all week.

It might come as a surprise that we opted to use canned baked beans in the recipe instead of starting from scratch with dry beans.  It just tastes better, although I don’t like to admit it.  The recipe would require days worth of soaking and marinating the beans to absorb enough flavor.  All of that work is done for us for less than a dollar if we use the prepared canned beans.  Some things are just worth the value for the dollar, time most assuredly.

Ingredients:

2 cans baked beans

1 onion

1 green pepper: I once exchanged a green pepper for a red one and regretted it, the beans came out too sweet.

1/4 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce: I used Diane’s Gourmet Chicken and Rib.

1/2 pack of bacon

Start your bacon on medium in a frying pan .  This bacon will cook further in the oven, so you really aren’t trying to brown the bacon.  Just cook the bacon for a few minutes on each side to render a good portion of the fat.  You just want enough of the fat to cook off so that you aren’t drowning your beans in fat when you cook them with this bacon on top. I took my bacon off the burner directly after I took this photo.

Dice your onion and green pepper while you are waiting for your bacon to cook.

Pour your two cans of beans into a 9×9 oven proof dish and stir in the diced onion and green pepper.  It will seem like a lot of vegetables when you are stirring them together, but those vegetables will cook down.

Add a 1/4 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce to the beans and vegetables mixture.

Lay your bacon on top of the beans to cover.

Bake at 325 degrees for one and a half hours.

Serve alone or as a side dish to a full breakfast.

What did you serve with The Best Baked Beans Ever!?

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