Baked beans are a wonderful addition to just about any barbecue or cookout. They pair well with everything from roast chicken to hot dogs – and everything in between. Most of us eat baked beans that come out of a can, though occasionally we dress them up by adding in a few additional ingredients, such as peppers or bacon. If you have a lot of time on your hands, you can make baked beans from scratch by starting out with a bag of dried beans.
I like the idea of homemade baked beans, but my recipe starts with canned white beans, which give me a big jump start on the prep time when you compare them to dried beans. The canned white beans are drained and cooked up with flavorful ingredients like onion, bacon, molasses, brown sugar and spices. The finished beans are sweet and have that savory, spicy flavor that you expect to find in any batch of baked beans. My recipe for Homemade Baked Beans is available over at the Craftsy blog (it’s free!) and takes just over an hour from start to finish. You’ll get a recipe that provides a great jumping off point for your own baked bean recipe variations, as well as one that can be made on relatively short notice when you’re in need of a great bbq side dish.