Thursday, July 21, 2016

Winning Baked Beans!!

Here ya go....I've been asked a few times, to share the recipe I used to win 
PEOPLE'S CHOICE at a recent local Bean Days festival. 

It took me a few days to get this around because that same evening, my dear hubby was admitted to the hospital for ICU and I spent most of my hours there. 

(Scroll down if you don't want to read the 'chatter' and just want the recipe=) 

This was the 5th time we'd gone to ER for this problem...that always happens in the evening.  

Thank the good Lord, he can feel it and knows.  We know oftentimes folks don't even know when their BP is too high.

Dr. has adjusted some meds...but really believes this continues to recur because my hubby needs to be on Dialysis!

We've known his kidney function has been at 10% for several months now...and that we would be facing this issue.  He sees the kidney specialist in August. 

Sure appreciate your prayers for my Sweetie - who has dealt with many health issues because of exposure to Agent Orange.  He's a trooper and a hero to so many people!

OK - on to the recipe....

I will share the basic recipe that I saw at Mary's Sweet Little Bluebird
It's her sister's 'famous' recipe for ANASTASIA'S BEST-EVER BAKED BEANS. 
And Mary says her sis is always asked for the recipe.  So I HAD to try them.

Especially after they received MOST CLICKS at our 
Weekend Potluck party!!

I giggled because this was just about the simplest recipe I've made in the many years I've been baking beans for this festival. I've had raves over my
 Kraut 'n' Beans ...folks loved Ballpark Baked Beans (with bacon and pineapple) Country Baked Beans (with chili sauce and bacon) and 
German Baked Beans (with kraut, applesauce & smoked sausage)...and so when I decided to go S-I-M-P-L-E this year, I got a real charge hearing that my beans won People's Choice.  Yehaw!

(Especially love this because my hubby's nickname is friend commented that now I really was MRS. BEAN...ha!)

(The apron I'm wearing was made by a dear friend, from my
beloved dad's shirt..pockets and ruffle made from one of mine!
So special to wear this keepsake apron!) 

Since I was filling an 18 qt. roaster to serve to folks on the street for a local Bean Days festival, I had to multiply it about 6 times.  (It's not always easy for me to figure how many beans will fill the roaster) I had some beans left over that didn't fit in the roaster, but these are the changes I made...

Because these beans were not simply going to bake in an oven...I diced the bacon, browned it and added all the grease.  I'm sure that added a ton of flavor!  I used 3# bacon.

BUT I do know baking the beans with the bacon on top makes an awesome and wonderful glaze!

I LOVE that this recipe starts with simple canned pork and beans! 
I also added 1 jar of drained northern beans to fill the roaster, so that can be an option if you desire.  (But of course, they're not sweet like the pork & beans are, so you'll want more brown sugar!) 

I could really taste the mustard when I first mixed them up, but it cooked in very nicely and was not a prominent taste in the finished product. 


5 (15 ozs. each) cans pork and beans
1 lg. onion chopped
(Anastasia suggest NOT vidalia, but yellow or sweet)
1 - 2 Tb. butter (to saute onions)
3/4 c. ketchup 
3 Tb. yellow mustard
1/2 c. molasses
(I used a little less)
1/4 - 1/2 c. brown sugar, to taste
6 - 8 slices bacon, cut into half or 1/3's (to fit your pan) 
(I used 1/2# - diced, then browned, all the fat added)

Preheat oven to 325. Spray 9" X 13" baking pan with non-stick cooking spray. 

Saute onions in butter until tender. 

In large bowl, combine beans, onions, ketchup, mustard, molasses and brown sugar until blended.  Pour into prepared baking pan.  Top with uncooked bacon slices to cover beans. {I would add most of the bacon, (cooked) then top with a few raw slices to make a lovely glaze} 

Bake on middle rack of the oven uncovered for 2 - 3 hours. Beans will be dark and have a beautiful glaze when done. 

Serve warm.  

You're welcome!  =D 

Linked to Meal Plan Monday

TIP from the author of these beans...
These can also be thrown together and cooked in the slow cooker set on low for 6 to 8 hours as well. It won't get that nice caramelize top, but it will still be delicious if you're in a pinch for time. Be sure to saute the onions first.

Linked to 
              Full Plate Thursday
            Meal Plan Monday
            Weekend Potluck

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