It's that time of year when baked beans are the side dish of choice. Nothing goes better with barbecue ribs than a spoonful of sweet-smoky beans.
Put down the can of Pork n' Beans...these are easily made from scratch!
Simple Baked Beans
Adapted from Real Simple
4 ounces sliced bacon, cut into 1/2" pieces
1 onion, chopped
Kosher salt and black pepper
1 pound dried navy beans, soaked in water over night and drained
1/2 cup molasses
1/4 cup ketchup
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 Tablespoon dry mustard
2 Tablespoons cider vinegar
Heat oven to 300o F. Cook the bacon in a Dutch oven over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until nearly crisp, 5-7 minutes. Add the onion, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is soft, 4 to 6 minutes more.
Add the beans, molasses, ketchup, sugar, mustard and 5 cups water to the pot and stir to combine, bring to a boil.
Cover the pot and transfer to oven. Bake until the liquid is reduced by half, about 2-1/2 hours. Uncover and bake, stirring once, until the cooking liquid is thickened, 1-1-1/4 hours more. Stir in the vinegar and serve.