A Recipe of My Own

(edited 26 November 2002: I made this again today and adjusted a couple of things. I cut the bacon to half a package, firmed up the cooking time [an hour is a bit too long], and modified the directions on the onions a bit so that you don’t have to drain them.)

I piddled around with this one until I think I have it right. Thanks to Monica for helping me find what was missing. I just happened to think that Misty and Stephen will be having these for the first time on Sunday. More converts!!

Jeff’s Southern Baked Beans

  • 2 cans (~15 ounces each) of pork and beans (NOT canned baked beans…too much sugar)
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup Heinz ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1/2 package of bacon
  • 1 large onion
  1. Fry the bacon until it is just a little under-done (not browned at all). Drain it (reserve the fat) and cut into small chunks.
  2. Finely chop the onion and fry it in a little of the bacon fat. Cook until soft and partially caramelized.
  3. Combine the brown sugar, mustard, ketchup, and onions in a large bowl. Mix until well combined.
  4. Gently stir in the bacon and beans until everything is distributed evenly.
  5. Pour into a lubricated 13×9 (or similar) glass baking dish.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees until it looks right (about 45 minutes). It should be thick and bubbly, but don’t let the sugar brown.

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