Homemade Baked Beans
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Homemade baked beans. Once you make baked beans from scratch, you'll probably never go back to the canned stuff.
Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6
  • 5 Slices Thick Cut Bacon
  • 1 Large Onion (diced)
  • 2 Cloves Garlic (minced)
  • 3 14 – 15 Ounce Cans Cannelini Beans (drained)
  • ¾ Cup Ketchup
  • ⅓ Cup Orange Juice Concentrate (frozen – thawed)
  • ⅓ Cup Molasses
  • ¼ Cup Cider Vinegar
  • ¼ Cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 Teaspoons Spicy Mustard
  • 1½ Teaspoons Smoked Paprika
  • 1½ Teaspoons Regular (sweet) Paprika
  • 1½ Teaspoons Dried Thyme
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  1. In a large sauce pan (preferably a Dutch Oven) cook the bacon over medium heat. You are just rendering the fat out of the bacon, not trying to make it crunchy.
  2. Once most of the fat has been rendered out of the bacon, remove the strips of bacon to a paper towel lined plate and drain out all but a tablespoon of the bacon fat from the pan. (Save those bacon drippings to use for things like making eggs or sauteing vegetables. DO NOT pour it down the sink drain or you’ll have plumbing problems later.)
  3. Put the pan back on the medium heat and saute the onions and garlic until the onions begin to turn translucent (about 7-10 minutes).
  4. While the onions and garlic are cooking, roughly chop the bacon into small pieces.
  5. Add the beans to the pot and stir to combine them with the onions and garlic.
  6. Add the rest of the ingredients to the pot (including the bacon) and stir to combine.
  7. Continue to stir occasionally so that nothing sticks and burns on the bottom of the pot (because of the sugars in this recipe, things can burn fairly easily).
  8. Cook the beans until the sauce reaches the consistency you desire. I cooked mine for around 30 minutes.
Recipe by My Man's Belly at https://mymansbelly.com/2017/07/18/homemade-baked-beans/