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Old 05-21-2013, 12:28 PM   #1
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ISO "memorable" baked beans recipe

I have to bring baked beans to a party and don't like baked beans because they are always too sweet and bland. Does anyone have a recipe for baked beans that is not very sweet and has a kick to it?


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Old 05-21-2013, 01:39 PM   #2
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Old 05-21-2013, 03:31 PM   #3
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I've always had nothing but positive responses when I prepare Baked Beans Quintet. Surprisingly, they are made up of all canned beans of 5 types. They aren't as sweet as most and you'd never in a million years expect them to taste so good. I always use the thickest, smokiest bacon I can find when I make them.

They'd be a good foundation to build on and, even if you don't tinker with them, they stand as a winner on their own.
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Old 05-21-2013, 04:31 PM   #4
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This is a recipe for bland not to sweet baked beans that always appeared at family picnics when I was growing up.

A spoon of Pantry Chili Sauce wakes them up a little but, I prefer them plain.

The leftovers make great sandwiches!

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Lillian Bigsby’s Home Baked Beans

2 lbs. Great northern beans or small white beans
1 cup granulated white sugar
½ pound salt pork or bacon
1 ½ t salt
¼ t black pepper
½ t baking soda

Soak beans overnight in water. Drain beans, cover with fresh water, add baking soda and bring to a boil. Boil 10 minutes with baking soda and drain. Add fresh water to cover the beans by approx. 1 inch and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer slowly until the beans are mushy and begin to break down, approx. 1 ½ -2 hours. Lillian Bigsby said give them a stir and if you think they are done let them cook another ½ hour! (You may add additional water while cooking but, try to resist it.) Stir in sugar, salt and pepper. Pour into a baking dish and nestle the chunk of salt pork into the beans. Bake at 325 degrees for approx. 2 to 3 hours, until most of the liquid is absorbed. The exact timing on these baked beans is difficult. I have had them come out of the oven perfectly after 1 ½ hours and I have had to bake them the full 3 hours.
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Old 05-21-2013, 05:14 PM   #5
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This is a recipe I have used with great success - not too sweet, but with a noticeable kick and great flavor depth. Note that while there is some molasses in this, it's not a lot AND it's an important part of the flavor profile. This is a do ahead recipe and will be better the next day.

Spicy Red-Eye Cowboy Baked Beans

Note that I've reduced the molasses just a little for a more savory (less sweet flavor). Remember not to salt your beans until after they've finished cooking (makes em tough)

1 lb. dried pinto beans
3 Tbs. unsalted butter
1 medium onion, chopped
2 large cloves garlic, chopped
1 Tbs. ancho chile powder
1 tsp. chipotle chile powder
1 tsp. ground cumin
1/4 tsp. ground allspice
Freshly ground black pepper
6 cups lower-salt beef broth
1 meaty smoked ham hock
1 cup brewed coffee
1/4 cup molasses
1/3 cup ketchup
1 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce
2 sprigs fresh oregano
1 Tbs. bourbon (optional)
salt - to taste after cooking has ended.
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Old 05-21-2013, 06:06 PM   #6
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Interesting choice of words, Jules

A lot of people like a little sweet to their beans. The trick is to balance it out so they aren't just sweet. BBQ sauce (spicy), powdered mustard, jalapenos, starting with a good smoky bacon or salt pork... all those things will help balance out the molasses, pineapple or whatever you are using that makes them too sweet.

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