Southern - Style Baked Beans
Serves up to 10 - 18
8 slices of bacon, halved
1 med onion, cut into small dice
½ med green pepper, cut into small dice
6 cans (398ml) pork and beans
¾ cup barbecue sauce
½ cup brown sugar
¼ cup Bourbon Maple or Traditional 18 year style Dark Balsamic
2 tsp dry mustard or 2 Tbsp Dijon
Adjust the oven rack to lower middle position and heat oven to 325F.
Fry bacon in a large deep fry pan until bacon has partially cooked and released about a ¼ cup of drippings.
Remove bacon from pan and drain on paper towels.
Add onions and peppers to drippings in pan and sauté until tender, about 5 mins.
Add beans, barbecue sauce, brown sugar, Balsamic Vinegar, mustard, mix well and bring to a simmer.
Pour beans into a greased 13-by-9-inch (or similar size) oven proof pan.
Top with bacon and bake until beans are bubbly and sauce is the consistency of pancake syrup about 2 hours.
Let stand to thicken slightly and serve.