Easy Flavorful Baked Beans

Baked beans are my favorite childhood food memory. Behind my Maw Maw’s biscuits, baked beans were what I looked for next on her kitchen table during the holidays. Holiday meals at her house brought every family member and a smorgasbord of food with tons of yummy goodness.
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No fancy table setting, the kitchen table was spread with food and the counters lined with more food. Because our family was so big, you got your plate and looked for a place to sit and eat. Many times I sat in her back bedroom on the bed or we stood at the dresser in the room. Every room was full of people, many standing to eat and it never bothered them because of the fellowship with each other. Every holiday throughout the year was like that. Everyone enjoyed getting together and eating their favorite foods.

Easy Flavorful Baked Beans


Some aunts became famous for their roast beef or banana pudding while others are not remembered for what they brought. The aunt who brought the baked beans, I don’t remember, but I remember the smoky taste from bacon along with the right amount of sweetness. A comforting food memory I will always cherish.

Over the years, I have been asked to bring a certain chocolaty dessert or salad for gatherings and I have taken one dish on occasion – my baked beans. When I still lived at home, I played with the ingredients my momma had in her pantry while trying different recipes in the old cookbook from the 70’s that our school put together as a fundraiser.

Because each of those recipes called for plain old pork and beans that is what I only use in my recipe and I remove that creepy little piece of pork. Is that even pork? Because it is the texture of a squishy, wet marshmallow. The cans of “baked beans” you cook on the stovetop with crazy flavors are not for me. I want to create a flavor similar to my childhood memory.

It wasn’t until I discovered one ingredient that changed my baked beans – molasses! In the beginning of making brown sugar, I used too much molasses once and had a very dark brown sugar. When I made baked beans with that brown sugar I was amazed! The taste equaled perfection so I knew I had to add molasses to my beans.

This recipe makes a 9x13 pan full, so if you need a smaller batch of beans, just cut the recipe in half. The leftovers, if there are any are even better the next day.

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Easy Flavorful Baked Beans


Ingredients:
  • 4 (15.5oz) cans pork and beans
  • 1 pound bacon chopped
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 4 TBSP molasses
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 3 TBSP ketchup
  • 1 TBSP yellow mustard
Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Drain the juice off of one can of beans and set aside.

In a skillet, fry bacon until crisp and remove. Add the onion to the bacon grease and sauté until translucent and drain.

In a large bowl add all ingredients and mix well. If your beans seem a little dry add a tad bit of the reserved bean juice but not too much or they will become very juicy while cooking. Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes. Uncover your beans and continue cooking for 10 minutes.



Do you have a favorite childhood food memory? Let me know, I love reading what you have to say.


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8 comments

  1. Much needed! Because rainy days have started here. This is a wonderful comfort food for gloomy days.

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  2. Your beans look good - and I always appreciate recipes that use basic pantry ingredients. Thank you!

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  3. I miss all of those get togethers that we enjoyed. I miss the people that has gone on. I enjoyed all of the good food andI miss my Mamas fried okra and mac and cheese.Thanks for this post.

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  4. I miss them too, Momma.

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  5. You're welcome, Rhonda! I appreciate those kinds of recipes also.

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  6. Baked beans are definitely a comfort food, Lux!

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  7. Have you been at one of our gatherings at hubbys Grandma's house? She lives in a tiny house and we have food on every surface in the kitchen plus the dining room table. We form a line, grab a plate and then hunt for a spot. If we are lucky it is a summer time gathering and we can spill out into the yard.

    Your beans look yummy!

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  8. Thank you, Wendi. Those tiny house gatherings are the best! It's funny how my Maw Maw's house and yard seemed huge while I was growing up. About ten years ago the new owner of the property was in the works of tearing down her house and he let us go over and walk through the house and yard. I was shocked at the reality of just how small it all really was and trying to imagine 50+ people filling every corner. :)

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