You haven't tried a good baked bean until you have made them from scratch. Canned baked beans have nothing on them. Really. And because they are made in the crock pot they are very easy! AND because it's getting nice out....don't you want to BBQ this weekend?
This is enough food to feed 8-10 as a side dish. I always double the recipe and often freeze a bunch so we have them handy for quick weekday dinners. Feel free to use soaked dried beans.
Crock Pot Baked Beans
3 cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed
2 medium onions, chopped finely
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup molasses
1/3 cup ketchup
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp dried mustard
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 pound of bacon - I use cheap bacon as most if it gets thrown away.
Drain and rinse your beans, and add them to the crock pot. Add onion and brown sugar. Pour in the molasses and ketchup. Add spices. Stir to combine.Lay slices of uncooked bacon over the top of the beans.Cover and cook on low for 5-7 hours, or high for about 4. I discard the bacon after cooking, but you could salvage the meaty parts and leave them in there.
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