I love baked beans! They are one of my favorite foods and a must at every barbecue. I’ve never made them from scratch and wondered how hard it would be or if there would be a difference. A few weeks back Stacey and her husband had us over for some smoked brisket so I thought it would be the perfect time to give it a shot. There were going to be a few families over so I wanted to make a big ole batch.
My mom also gave me the cutest dish that just screamed baked beans so I had to make them, right?
I went on the hunt for a good recipe for baked beans but most that I found used canned beans and I was looking for a recipe that used all real ingredients. I found this recipe from Alton Brown and it was just what I was looking for. It does cook low and sloooooow but it comes together really fast and it’s very easy to make. I doubled it because I was worried about feeding everyone but that wasn’t necessary. It makes a lot of beans. The recipe I’m listing below would work for a party. You could still double it and freeze some for a quick reheat for dinner later.
- 1 lb. dried Great Northern Beans
- 1 lb. thick cut bacon, chopped
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1 jalapenos, chopped
- ¼ c tomato paste
- ½ dark brown sugar
- ¼ molasses
- vegetable broth
- ¼ t cayenne pepper
- 1 t black pepper
- 2 t salt
- Soak beans overnight in a plastic container covered with cold water and stored in fridge.
- the next day pre heat oven to 250 degrees
- place large oven safe pot over med heat
- add in chopped uncooked bacon, onion and jalapenos
- cook about 5 min until the onions are soft
- stir in tomato paste, brown sugar and molasses
- (spray measuring cup with cooking spray before the molasses to help get it out easily)
- Drain the beans, keeping the liquid stored in a measuring cup
- add beans to pot
- add enough vegetable broth to bean liquid to total 4 cups and add to pot
- raise heat to high and allow to come to a boil
- add cayenne, black pepper and salt
- stir and cover pot with lid
- place in the oven for 6-8 hours until the beans are soft