Monday, March 31, 2008

DD's Baked Beans

Nothing like a good batch of baked beans to warm you up on a cold March evening. I'm really happy with how these came out. I have never been much of a baked bean person, but I think that a lot of that had to do with my primary experience being eating them from a can. In addition, when your rent is dangerously close to half your monthly income it is important to conserve where you can. Hope you enjoy!

3 15.5 oz cans of white beans
1 15.5 oz can of red kidney beans
1 15 oz can of crushed tomatoes
1 medium onion rough chopped
12 slices of turkey bacon (or regular if preferred)
2 tablespoons of molasses
3/4 of a cup of brown sugar
2 tablespoons of BBQ seasonings (optional)

In a pan, cook the turkey bacon until crisp and set aside.

Pour the white and red beans into a strainer to drain out the majority of the liquid and add to the crockpot. Add in the tomatoes, onions, brown sugar and BBQ seasonings. Roughly crumble the bacon and top and stir the mixture until the ingredients are evenly mixed.

Set your crockpot to low and cook for 9 hours, giving it a quick stir after 4.5 hours.

If I got to do this over again I would have added 1/2 cup of ketchup for a little more flavor and texture. I think these bean go great as a side dish, but can also be the main even accompanied by some bread for dipping. I through a little hot sauce on mine for spice, but they are great as is if you like things a little more mild. Sour cream would also probably go well also.

This recipe will easily feed 4-6 people as a dinner and freeze and reheat really well.


ddreilinger said...

hey - these look great. I'm going to make them this weekend. On another note, i used your bbq beef recipe with stew meat and it was fantastic (even though I used store-bought sauce). the tops of some of the meat burned a bit, but that's probably because of my low-quality cooker.

Jared said...

Sorry that you experiences a little burning. If you are experiencing some burning you may want to rotate your meat about half way through to ensure that it's get even heat exposure. I think you'll really enjoy the baked beans. It's not in my recipe but you should definately include a 1/3 of a cup of ketchup to give it a little more thickness and texture.

happy crockpoting!

Sandra said...

Jared this sounds SO baked beans.

Jared said...


Thanks for reading. You will really enjoy these I promise. I'm a big fan of the slow cooker Thursday Forum. It's nice to see what other people are doing with crockpots and gives me a lot a good ideas for what to make next.

The Apron Queen said...

Oh girl! Easy & delicious! My kinda food!

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