Homemade Baked Beans

Okay, we all know you cant have a true summer cookout without a side of baked beans.  I have never been a fan of the predone canned ones, so here is my recipe for homemade.  It takes some time, but the end result is so worth it.  I made this for our traditional Labor Day cookout, and my kiddos are always pleased with beans, especially those that have been sweetened with sugar and molasses.

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Ingredients:

1 lb. Great Northern Beans

6 Slices Thick Cut Bacon, chopped

1/2 Yellow Onion, minced

2 Cloves Minced Garlic

3/4 C BBQ Sauce, (ensure GF if needed)

1 Can Tomato Sauce

1/2 C Sugar

1/3 C Molasses

2 T Worcestershire Sauce (GF option may be needed)

1 T Spicy Brown Mustard

1 T Yellow Mustard

Salt and Pepper to taste

1 Bay Leaf

Directions:

-Soak beans over night, drain and place in pot, cover in water, add salt.  Bring to boil, reduce to simmer, allow to cook about 1 hour.  Drain, but reserve some of the broth, you may need it later.

-Place diced bacon in pan over medium heat, cook about 5 minutes, add in onion and garlic, and cook until bacon is almost done, you don’t want it crispy.  Add in remaining ingredients, stir and allow to simmer 5 minutes.

-Pour mixture over beans, place beans in over safe baking dish, cover with foil bake 375 for  1 1/2 hours, stirring half way through and check to ensure there is enough liquid, if they are getting too thick, pour some of the bean broth into baking dish.

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