Maple Baked Beans
Baked Beans are a classic American summer BBQ potluck staple, but I also really love them in the winter time. They are really comforting on a really cold snowy day with a slow-roasted pork and an awesome kale salad. A perfectly balanced meal, in my very humble opinion. So today, I am sharing with you my baked bean recipe.
It is super simple to make, it uses canned beans. I have used dried beans before, and I did not love the result. I love canned bean texture more than dried beans, they are definitely softer and have less of a bite to them. The other major positive to using dried beans is the convenience! You do not have to soak the beans for a period of time and cook them for a while before they are ready. I based this recipe off of Ina Garten’s Maple Baked Beans, but I adapted it to use canned beans and adjust the flavorings to my liking. These are so much better than the pre-made canned baked beans found in the store. They are super simple and quick, it is worth the effort to make your own. This recipe makes a very large batch which is perfect for a large party or you can freeze it in smaller portions to use in a pinch. Bacon, onions, brown sugar, maple syrup…. I am really not sure what is not to love about them. I really hope you love them as much my family does.
Serves 8. Generously.
6 oz of thick-cut smoked bacon, diced
2 medium onions, chopped
4 – 15 oz can dark or light red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup of barbecue sauce
3/4 cup pure maple syrup
3/4 cup ketchup
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp chili paste, sriracha
2 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp black pepper
- In large cast-iron dutch oven or large soup pot, cook bacon over medium heat for 4-5 minutes until fat is rendered.
- Add onions to pot and cook about 10 min until onions are golden brown and bacon is slighty crisp.
- Add kidney beans, barbecue sauce, maple syrup, ketchup, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar and chili paste, salt and pepper to pot.
- Simmer for about 20-30 minutes.
- Enjoy 🙂
These baked beans can be frozen and defrosted in the fridge before reheating.