Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Baked Beans for BBQs or Potlucks

Who knew they were so easy?!

I made baked beans for a potluck and was pleasantly surprised at how darn easy they are. There are very few ingredients and you just throw it all in a slow cooker. This is adapted from my friend Elise's (SimplyRecipes.com). I just wanted to add even more depth of flavor, so I added a couple more ingredients. I was very pleased with the results, and so were the folks at the potluck.

Baked Beans

1 pound (bag) dry white beans such as small navy beans 
1/3 cup molasses
1/3 cup brown sugar
3-4 Tbsp dry mustard
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
3 cups hot water

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
3 Tbsp Worchestershire sauce
1/2 pound salt pork or bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 medium onion chopped

Pour the beans onto a plate and sort through to make sure there is no debris. Place in a large bowl and pour in water to cover them with 2 extra inches of water. Let soak overnight.

Drain the beans and rinse them. Set aside.

In a medium bowl mix together the hot water, brown sugar, molasses, cloves, mustard, vinegar, and Worchestershire sauce. 

Place half of the salt pork in the bottom of the slow cooker. Add half of the chopped onions on top and then half the beans on that. Layer again with salt pork, onions, and beans. Pour the molasses mixture over the top. Set slow cooker on low and cook for 6-8 hours. 

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