Baked Beans Three Ways

Baked beans is an American tradition in the summertime, or at least it is in my family.  I have included three recipes; one is my Mom’s, another uses root beer and barbecue sauce and the third uses  coke and has green peppers in it.  They are all very good just depending on what you like.

Mom's Recipe

  • baked beans (I always use Campbell’s), drained
  • ketchup, brown sugar  and onions, chopped to taste (Mom also added mustard)

Saute onions in a saucepan until tender and add the rest of the ingredients.  Simmer, uncovered, for about 45 minutes.

Root Beer Recipe

  • 1 small onion, chopped and sauteed in a small amount of oil
  • 2 (16 oz.) cans Campbells pork and beans, drained
  • 1/2 cup root beer (or ginger ale) – do not use diet and I prefer to use root beer
  • 1/4 cup hickory smoked barbecue sauce (I use Masterpiece hickory brown sugar)
  • 1/2 tsp. dry mustard
  • 1/8 tsp. hot sauce, or to taste

Combine all ingredients and bake, uncovered, at 400°F for 45 to 60 minutes  or until the  sauce has thickened.  For my oven it was 45 minutes – these are always a favorite!

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Coke Recipe

Coke recipe:

  • 2 (28 oz.) cans Campbells baked beans, drained
  • 1 cup regular Coke
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 tbsp. mustard
  • 1/2 onion, chopped and sauteed
  • 1/2 green pepper, chopped and sautéed (optional)
  • 4 bacon slices, cooked and chopped

Preheat oven to 350°F.  Lightly grease a 13x9x2-inch baking dish.

Combine the beans, coke, ketchup, syrup, mustard, onion and green pepper in a large bowl.  Pour mixture into a prepared baking dish.  Sprinkle evenly with chopped bacon.  Bake, uncovered for 45 minutes to 1 hour.

This is another good recipe but I would prefer it without the green pepper.  See also Pulled Pork Sandwiches.

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