Friday, May 1, 2009

Baked Beans

I'm going to a barbecue today, and I need to bring a dish to share. I think baked beans is the best BBQ side dish ever, and in case anyone asks me for the recipe, I figured I could put it here!

  • 1 pound Great Northern beans, picked over to remove stones and bad beans
  • 1 pound bacon, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 jalapenos, chopped (remove the ribs for milder flavor)
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cans vegetable broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons salt

Soak the beans overnight (no more than 12 hours) in a non-reactive bowl in plenty of water (enough to cover the beans by several inches).

Preheat oven to 250 degrees.

Drain the beans, reserving the leftover soaking water. Add enough broth to the soaking water to make a total of 4 cups of liquid, set aside. Cook bacon, onion, and jalapenos in a large dutch oven over medium heat until the onions are softened, about 5 minutes. Add the tomato paste, molasses, and brown sugar. Stir to combine and cook for 30 seconds. Add the beans and water/broth mixture and bring to a boil on high heat. Add the salt and peppers, stir, cover, and bake in the oven for 6-8 hours, until the beans are tender.

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