WICKED BAKED BEANS
The Fourth of July holiday is just around the corner. You may be looking for a slightly different side dish to serve and if so, this is it! Olivia and her husband have a new smoker so she was drawn to this recipe because it can be made on a smoker. The good news is it can also be baked in the oven. If you like your baked beans with a little sass, this is the recipe tor you.
When Olivia made this she used 1/4 cup maple syrup and 3/4 brown sugar instead of one cup of brown sugar, It can also be made using brown sugar Splenda instead of brown sugar if you need to control your sugar intake. Olivia also substituted red bell pepper for the green and doubled the amount of pineapple chunks. She used the maple syrup form of Bush's baked beans because they contain the least amount of sugar of any of Bush's baked beans. Once you make these and try them, you may have a hard time making any other kind of baked beans in the future. They are delicious. Hope you and yours have a great holiday weekend.
WICKED BAKED BEANS
6-8 strips of bacon cut into 1/2 inch squares
1/2 Medium onion, diced
1/2 Bell pepper, diced
1 - 2 Jalapeño Peppers, diced (seeding is optional)
1 - 55 ounce can Bush’s Baked Beans
1-8 ounce can of pineapple chunks, drained
1 Cup Brown Sugar, packed
1 Cup ketchup
1/2 - 1 Tbs. dry (ground) mustard
Sauté bacon pieces in fry pan until crispy and remove from pan with a slotted spoon. Sauté onion, bell pepper and jalapeño pepper until tender.
In a large mixing bowl combine beans, pineapple, brown sugar, ketchup and dry mustard. Stir in bacon pieces and vegetables. Pour into a 12X9 or a deep 9X9 aluminum baking pan. (While mixing if things look dry, add additional ketchup 1/4 -1/2 cup at a time)
Place in a 220-250° smoker for 2 1/2 – 3 hours (make sure temperature of the baked beans reaches 160° ) or place in a 350° oven and bake for 1 hour.
NOTE: If you are making these beans as a side dish for Kansas City style pork ribs, smoke the removed skirt meat for 1-1 1/2 hours, then dice the skirt meat and stir into the Baked Beans.