Homemade Baked Beans with Bacon
This is my first attempt at making baked beans from scratch. My husband never liked baked beans, but he has recently started eating them, so I decided to make a big batch. In the past, I have been eating a little can all by myself, so this is exciting stuff for me. It’s the small things, I guess.
You will need: 2 cans of great northern beans, drained, 1/2 cup maple syrup, 1/2 cup bbq sauce (check ingredients, I recommend Dinosaur brand), 1 tablespoon tomato paste, 1 onion-chopped, 6 ounces bacon-chopped, 1/4 cup cider vinegar, 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes.
In a skillet, start to cook the chopped bacon. After some of the grease is released, add the chopped onion. When the bacon is mostly crispy and the onions are translucent, pour them into a 8x11 casserole dish. Add the two cans of beans and mix together. In the skillet, mix together the rest of the ingredients- maple syrup, bbq sauce, vinegar, crushed red pepper flakes and tomato paste. Alllow to simmer for a few minutes, whisking it together. When the sauce is warm and smooth, add to the casserole dish and mix everything together. Top with foil and bake in a 350 degree oven for 30-35 minutes.
These will come out smoking hot, so allow to cool for a few minutes. The bacon will get crispy and release some more juices into the beans. They will be a little sweet and a little salty, Perfect!