Baked beans are one of those side dishes that everyone in my whole family loves.
They’re the perfect side dish for just about any time.
Potlucks, barbecues, Sunday dinner, you name it and baked beans make a just about perfect choice to serve.
Okay, maybe not at breakfast, but you get what I mean.
I know a lot of people just pop open a can when they want to serve baked beans, but let me tell ya, this recipe from Emeril is so fab-u-lous you’ll be happy you took a little extra time and made them yourself!
They’re actually pretty easy to make.
The hardest part of this recipe is planning ahead for the slow cooking.
I mean come.
All of us can do that!
Yes, it requires hours in the oven, but all you have to do after the initial prep work is stir them a few times.
It’s not arduous kitchen work.
Making these from scratch will reward you with a pot of smoky, nicely sweetened, complexly flavored baked beans.
Oh yeah, and no one will mistake them for some canned stuff.
Serve them at your 4th of July celebration and they’ll be the belle of the ball.
BTW: Every time I make these they’re devoured!
When it’s time for me to take my blog photo there’s only a small bowl left!
BAM-B-Q Baked Beans
Slow cooked BAM-B-Q Baked Beans are a smoky/ sweet delight. A complex flavor that will have them coming back for more, everytime!
- 6 Slices Bacon Diced
- 1 Large Onion Chopped
- 2 1/2 Tablespoons Garlic Minced
- 4 Sprigs Fresh Thyme
- 16 Ounces Dried Navy Beans Rinsed and Checked For Rocks
- 1 Cup Strong Brewed Coffee
- 1/2 Cup BBQ Sauce
- 1/4 Cup Plus 1 Tablespoon Dark Brown Sugar Packed
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons Creole Mustard
- 1 Tablespoon Molasses
- 1/4 Teaspoon or More to Taste Hot Sauce
- 1/4 Teaspoon Black Pepper
- 8 Cups Water
- 2 Teaspoons Salt
- 1 Teaspoon Liquid Smoke
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
- In a heavy cast iron dutch oven, with a tight-fitting lid, cook the diced bacon until it's crispy. About 4-6 minutes. Add the onion and cook until it lightly caramelizes, 3-4 minutes. Add the garlic and thyme and cook for about 1 minute. Add all the rest of the ingredients and stir well to combine. Bring to a boil. Cover the dutch oven with lid and place in preheated oven. Bake for 2 hours undisturbed.
- Stir the beans well and continue to cook, covered, until the beans are tender about 1 hour.
- When the beans are tender, remove the cover and continue to bake until liquid has thickened to a sauce-like consistency. Probably about 1-1 1/2 hours. Do not overcook or they will be a mushy mess. Check to season and add more salt, black pepper or hot sauce to your liking. Remove thyme stems and serve. Oh YUM!
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Source: Emril Lagasse