Baked beans never meant much to me until I tried this recipe for Hot and Smoky Baked Beans. I’m not exagerating when I say these are AWESOME baked beans! I’ve tried other recipes but this is the one I always come back to. The beans have great smoky flavor from the bacon, barbecue sauce and chipotle chilies (and liquid smoke if you use it) and they’re not too sweet (like some baked beans). YUMM!!! Husband lights up like a Christmas tree when I tell him I’m making Hot & Smoky Baked Beans. Sometimes he even eats them instead of dessert. True story.
This recipe really does elevate the humble bean to a new place of honor. I like to use a variety of canned beans (kidney, pinto, black, great northern), and usually 1 to 2 chopped chipotle chilies depending on who I’m serving the beans to. Add a little chopped chipotle pepper and taste the mixture before adding more (a small amount of chipotle chilies goes a long way). A good-quality, smoke-flavored barbecue sauce is best in this recipe. I like D.L. Jardine’s Mesquite Barbecue Sauce. The beer adds a layer of flavor to the beans without making them taste beery. I use an Irish stout like Murphy’s or Guinness. To add more smoky flavor, I usually add 1 tablespoon of liquid smoke. Parsley is a nice garnish but I don’t usually bother with it. Enjoy!!
Hot and Smoky Baked Beans
-recipe from Bon Appétit Magazine
Serve these hot or at room temperature. Yield: Serves 8 to 10.
6 bacon slices
1 1/2 cups chopped onion
1 1/4 cups purchased barbecue sauce
3/4 cup dark beer
1/4 cup mild-flavored (light) molasses
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons (packed) dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon soy sauce
4 to 6 teaspoons minced canned chipotle chilies (I use 1-2 chipotle chilies, to taste)
6 15- to 16-ounce cans Great Northern beans, drained
Chopped fresh parsley
Preheat oven to 350°F. Cook bacon in large skillet over medium heat until crisp. Transfer to paper towels and drain. Transfer 2 1/2 tablespoons bacon drippings from skillet to large bowl. Finely chop bacon; add to bowl. Add onion and next 7 ingredients to bowl and whisk to blend. Whisk in 4 to 6 teaspoons chipotle chilies, depending on spiciness desired. Stir in beans. Transfer bean mixture to 13 x 9 x 2-inch glass baking dish. Bake uncovered until liquid bubbles and thickens slightly, about 1 hour. Cool 10 minutes.
Sprinkle with parsley and serve.
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