The all-time favorite summertime recipe is here: crockpot baked beans. Loved for their piquant, savory sauce, and tender mixture, these baked beans are the perfect dish for barbecue cookouts on a warm summer night.
How to Make Crockpot Baked Beans?
You can watch this video from Allrecipes on how to make baked beans like a champ:
- 8 slices of coarsely chopped bacon
- 1/2 cup of a finely diced medium onion
- 3 tablespoons of mustard
- 3 15 ounces of soaked beans
- 1/4 cup of brown sugar
- 1/4 ketchup (or tomato sauce)
- 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup of molasses
- 1 tablespoon of chopped parsley
- 2 teaspoon of garlic powder
- salt and pepper to taste
Step 1: Soak the beans
Using a large bowl, combine the beans and water. Soak the beans for at least 8 hours. Afterward, drain the beans and transfer them to the slow cooker.
Step 2: Fry the bacon
In a skillet over medium heat, cook the bacon until it turns crispy. Transfer the bacon in a plate with a paper towel to dry up the grease.
Step 3: Sauté the onions
Pour 1 tablespoon of the bacon fat on the pan and sauté the onions for about 3 minutes or until it’s translucent.
Step 4: Add all the ingredients
Put the rest of the ingredients in a bowl and mix them well. Transfer the mixture into the crockpot.
Step 5: Cook the beans
Carefully stir the mixture and the beans inside the crockpot. Cook the beans for 2 hours at high temperature or for 5 hours at low temperature. The end result? A tasty crockpot baked beans!
Sprinkle some parsley for garnish and serve.
And there you have it! A simple recipe that can be enjoyed by your family or friends. The rich and thick sauce of crockpot baked beans match perfectly with your grilled steak–a sumptuous combination that would leave you wanting for more.
If you prefer your crockpot baked beans to be spicy then you can add your favorite hot sauce or cayenne pepper. It’ll do the trick.
The molasses gives that smoky and robust flavor to the baked beans. However, if you’re not up for that unique flavor you can switch it up with maple syrup or honey.
Don’t limit yourself with bacon. You can use other meat for crockpot baked beans. May it be salt pork, ham, or beef–I’m sure it’ll do its job in adding flavor to the beans.
There are different variations of canned beans, depending on the taste and texture that you’re going for. For example, the northern beans will give you that earthy and nutty flavor. For sweet and creamy beans, you can opt to go for navy beans.
You can also try to explore flavors according to your taste. That’s one of the best things with crockpot baked beans, they can acquire the flavor of the spices or herbs that you’ve mixed them with.
For leftover beans, you can put them in a container and store them in the freezer for up to one week. When reheating put the beans in a sauté pan and cook over low heat. Stir occasionally and don’t overdo it otherwise the baked beans will be crushed.
For other crockpot recipes you can do for a warm summer night, you can watch this video from Tasty:
This recipe can be prepared in a matter of minutes, the only catch is waiting for the slow cooker to do its job. The secret to bringing out that aroma and tasty flavor of the beans is to layer the beans between the bacon and onion. By doing this, the grease from the bacon and the flavor of the onion infuses with the sauce and beans. For sure this will make your baked beans 10x creamier and yummier.
So, what do you think of this crockpot baked beans recipe? Have you tried it? Let us know in the comments section.
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