The September issue of Food & Wine is dedicated to the food and restaurants from our beloved Southern states. I quickly decided that a Southern feast was in order: pulled pork, baked beans (home-made) and coleslaw. The taster much prefers these simple meat and (you fill in the blank) meals over sweets, tofu, vegetables essentially anything. Needless to say, he was very happy with dinner.

The pork was simple. A trip to the farmers market for organic fed pork, a crock pot and a bottle of Creamy Dark was all it took. Topped with a traditional South Carolina BBQ Sauce, a mustard-based sauce, and I swear we were transported straight to the South.

The baked beans though, oh those baked beans. I’ve never made baked beans before, but I won’t be going back to canned ones now. I can’t. Sweet red onion, smoky bacon, creamy beans and tangy BBQ flavor. Dare I say they are the best beans I’ve had to date? They certainly were the star of the meal in my opinion.

Baked Beans - 4 servings

  • 2 Tbsp BBQ sauce
  • 2Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp dijon mustard
  • 2 slices bacon
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups beans (I used a mix of kidney and navy beans)

Preheat oven to 400°.

Prepare sauce: combine BBQ sauce, vinegar, sugar and mustard. Stir until mixture is smooth.

Cook bacon until crispy and set aside.

Add chopped onion and minced garlic to pan and heat, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes.

Add beans and sauce, stir and remove from heat.

Pour bean mixture into baking dish. Sprinkle 2 Tbsp water into dish. Crumble bacon pieces over top and bake for about 15 minutes.

Make them as a decadent yet nutritious side dish to some BBQ meat, or BBQ tofu, depending on your household preferences. :)

19 Comments (Reply )

  1. kate
    Sep 01, 2010 @ 8:28 am

    i love baked beans! thank you for sharing the recipe. i have never tried to make them before. and there is just something about southern bbq food that is soooooo good. living so close to brasa may be a problem for me :)


    • Emily
      Sep 01, 2010 @ 8:41 pm

      We are neighbors then!! Love Brasa!


  2. Dana
    Sep 01, 2010 @ 8:52 am

    Those beans sounds fantastic! Restaurant baked beans are always noticeably tastier than canned… I’ll have to try out homemade!


  3. Angharad
    Sep 01, 2010 @ 9:00 am

    Um, yes please? Times ten. Baked beans are my favourite. Ok, not technically my favourite-favourite but I love them. I have some in the fridge at work right now :)


  4. Alex @ IEatAsphalt
    Sep 01, 2010 @ 10:04 am

    My mom makes the most amazing baked beans, you really cant go back to the can after you make your own. She usually puts fresh sliced green beans in to help up the veggie content.


  5. Mo@MommyRD
    Sep 01, 2010 @ 10:51 am

    Mmm…I heart baked beans. My mom makes them from scratch, but I have never tried. I am thinking I need to change that. Maybe this weekend?


    • Emily
      Sep 01, 2010 @ 8:43 pm

      What kind of recipe does your mom use? These weren’t as saucy as canned beans but much more flavorful!


  6. erica
    Sep 01, 2010 @ 11:04 am

    My “taster” would go nuts over this one! Looks really really good!


  7. Angela
    Sep 01, 2010 @ 11:09 am

    Growing up I hated baked beans – I couldn’t get past the song. Now I love them. My mom has always been obsessed and so is her mom, but she’s lazy and just adds onion to a can. I have to send her this one!


  8. Tracey
    Sep 01, 2010 @ 12:47 pm

    I LOVE baked beans. I’ve never made them from scratch, only from a can:)
    My husband is always telling me how his grandma made baked beans from scratch and how amazing they were. I think I’m going to have to test out these baked beans and see how they compare to his grandma’s!


    • Emily
      Sep 01, 2010 @ 8:42 pm

      I would love to hear what your grandma’s recipe is like!


  9. Simply Life
    Sep 01, 2010 @ 7:31 pm

    Oh that looks like the perfect meal!


  10. Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum
    Sep 01, 2010 @ 11:53 pm

    “real” baked beans? Who even knew they existed beyond the can?! Now I know and I won’t go back! :) Or… I’ll try not to. Sometimes desperate times call for desperate measures!


  11. Ashlee
    Sep 03, 2010 @ 3:24 pm

    My husband loves baked beans but I always feel bad opening a can pouring in a pan and serving, I will be trying this recipe soon. One thing that stands out is there is not much brown sugar, that is hard to find in a baked beans recipe. Thank you


  12. Kelly
    Apr 28, 2011 @ 7:20 pm

    Ooo I love baked beans and this recipe looks fantastic! Loving your blog and looking forward to future posts :)


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