Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Aunt Cheri's Baked Beans


Hi there! Wow, I can't believe JULY was the last time I posted on here. Logging on after months is something like a breath of fresh air to be honest...



I took a break from blogging because I didn't really understand why I was doing it. But I've recharged and become more excited and now I know that I want to finish what I've started (if I will ever finish). It may take me a little longer to post on here, but my goal is to post family recipes so we can all enjoy them!

So enough of my rant, lets talk about these Baked Beans! I took these pictures last summer. But here I am finally posting them!

These are the ingredients you will need:



I would recommend sticking with the Bush's brand beans and Sweet Baby Ray's Barbecue Sauce (at least that's what the pro, Aunt Cheri, told me).


These beans are a sort of legend in our family. They're up there with Grandma's Potato Salad and Mom's Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies. Yep they're THAT good!

Not to be too sentimental, but sometimes growing up is kinda the worst. Why? Because sometimes I wish I could go back to those Sunday picnics on Grandma's back porch. I would savor those times where we would dunk our grilled chicken in a gallon of BYU ranch dressing and enjoy that homemade ice cream churning in the bucket.

Those times may be rare now, but there's always the future. So, here's to creating those same memories for the next generation. And you can bet that these amazing Baked Beans are going be there.


Cheri's Baked Beans
INGREDIENTS
1 pound bacon, cut in 1 inch pieces
1 large white or yellow onion, chopped
3 cans, 16 oz. Bush Brand Pork n Beans, with juices
1 can, 15 oz. black beans, drained
1 can, 15 oz. pinto beans, drained
1 can, 15 oz. kidney beans, drained
1 cup Sweet Baby Ray's Barbecue Sauce
1/4 cup brown sugar
3 or 4 big squeezes of yellow mustard
3 or 4 dashes of liquid smoke

DIRECTIONS
1) Preheat oven to 300 °F.
2) In a large oven-safe pot, cook bacon pieces until crispy. After cooked, remove the bacon from the pot and set aside. 
3) Discard most of the bacon grease except about a tablespoon. Cook the onion in the same pot in the remaining grease until soft. 
4) Add the rest of the ingredients (except cooked bacon). Taste the mixture for flavor, add more mustard, liquid smoke or brown sugar as desired. Bake in the oven for 2 to 4 hours. Remove and stir in bacon pieces right before serving. Enjoy! 

xoxo,

Gretta


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