When I recently asked you all what side you most love at your cookouts, most of you said BAKED BEANS.
I certainly wouldn’t have guessed that good old fashioned pork and beans was so popular. I should have realized it. I had all the evidence. Every single time Retro Rose (mom) brings her beans, people go crazy. Who made the beans is question of the night and she brings home an empty baking dish.
Well just for you, I have two recipes to help you get that same attention. You can make pork and beans recipe the easy way by starting out with canned beans as she did here and adding in her own spices, flavors, sausage and meat or you can make the beans from scratch. I’ve included recipes for both ways.
Retro Rose cooks with lots of oomph, paying no attention to calories. She’s 80 years old and for her, more is more. While I tend to cook lighter, she’s adding in more maple syrup. While I might just add bacon to my beans, she thinks sweet sausage is a must. Confidentially, in the case of baked beans, follow her. You can cook lighter any other time, but it’s a party, and a party with semi-homemade pork and beans made with this kind of love is the party everyone will talk about.
There is one more baked beans recipe from Retro Rose you might like. It’s a homemade barbecued baked butter beans recipe.
I have a great giveway still going on in my last post which includes a $75 Walmart gift card and an incredible grilled pork chop recipe, which would go great with this pork and beans recipe. More is more.
- 4 large cans baked beans (See Note to make your own beans or 1 pound navy beans (if you are making your own beans; otherwise use canned
- 2 links sweet sausage
- 8 slices bacon
- 1 red, yellow or orange bell pepper, diced very finely
- 1 yellow onion, diced very finely
- 1 cup ketchup
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- dash nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon salt (see notes)
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- If you are using your own beans, cook beans first.
- Soak beans in cold water, allowing three inches of water on top.
- Soak overnight.
- Rinse. Cover with three inches of water and bring to boil. As soon as water boils, turn down to a steady simmer. Cook until beans are tender, about one hour.
- In meantime cook sausage links and slice.
- Cook bacon. The best way to make sure bacon doesn't shrivel is to oven bake
- Salt beans, and put in baking dish.
- In frying pan, saute diced bell pepper and onion, just until soft.
- Add in ketchup, maple syrup, brown sugar and spices.
- Cook for five minutes.
- Add to beans. Put in sausage. Cover with bacon
- Bake in oven at 350 degrees covered for 20 minutes. Uncover for last ten minutes.