Originally Posted by kitchenelf
Baked beans with baked bean flavors (ketchup, mustard, molasses, brown sugar, dry mustard, a bit of thick bbq sauce, beans of course
and throw in some already cooked ground beef then bake until thick - and lots of chopped onions). Roughly...that is close anyway.
Yep ... pork-n-beans lack the flavors and sweetness of baked beans. Using one instead of the other will give you similar dishes with significantly different flavors.
If you want a basic "quick" dish - you can used canned baked beans - you can add a little brown sugar if not sweet enough. If you want to use pork-n-beans - you need to gussy up the flavor a little more with some sauteed chopped smoked bacon, mustard, ketchup, brown sugar, chopped onion, etc.
If you want something "slow cooked" - you can just brown up the ground beef and onions, drain, and add to a pot along with the rest of the ingredients for made-from-scratch baked beans - either baked in the oven or a crock pot.