More beans. Are you KIDDING me? You know how I feel about the "musical fruit", but it summer, this is America and we all know, no summer bbq or picnic is complete without them! I have succumbed to the pressure of my family to learn to make them. I can recall my dad eating them out of the can, cold, and oh, yuck. My memories were validated when I was at my parents a couple of weeks ago and my dad wanted cold pork and beans and hot dogs for dinner.
I have said it before... Even though there are foods I don't particularly care to eat, I love knowing how to make everything I can. While I can down a couple spoonful's, just to be polite, I don't like actual onion in mine, so I go with onion powder. Get the flavor, but none of the sliminess. I also like my bacon not real crispy in baked beans, that is my preference, you go with yours! These are awesome to make ahead, I mix mine up sometimes a day or 2 in advance, put the bacon in before baking and there ya go!
*omit the bacon for a great vegetarian side*
3- 15oz. cans pork and beans (I use the cheapo brand, use your favorite)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1T yellow mustard
1/2 tsp. onion powder
4 strips of bacon, diced.
Preheat your oven to 350. In a skillet, fry up your diced bacon. It doesn't need to be super crispy, but if it is, that is fine too. Get it fried up and drained on a paper towel. In a large bowl combine all ingredients and mix to combine. Add in bacon and pour into a casserole dish that will hold your mixture, I used about a 3 quart and it was obviously plenty big. Pour the mixture in and bake uncovered 50-75 minutes. It will thicken a bit as it cools.
I hope you enjoy this simple recipe, that just gets better the longer it sits! Warm, cold, steaming hot, I have seen these eaten every which way!