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January 30, 2024


Oh, honey, if there’s one thing that can make a family dinner feel extra special, it’s a pot of homemade baked beans. This recipe isn’t just a dish; it’s a little serving of comfort, steeped in tradition and patience. Baked beans have been a staple at American gatherings for generations, often taking center stage at picnics, barbecues, and potlucks. And the best part? Making ’em in a slow cooker means you can enjoy your day while the beans simmer to perfection, infusing your home with smells that’ll have the kiddos checking if dinner’s ready yet!
Honey, these beans are like a big ol’ hug, and they go well with just about any home-cooked meal. They’re the perfect companion to a juicy grilled burger or a slab of barbecued ribs. For a lighter option, serve them next to a crisp green salad and some cornbread. And, you know, if you’ve got a picky eater, just pair these beans with some hot dogs, and you’ve got a surefire winner.

Slow Cooker Baked Beans

Servings: 10-12
– 1 pound of dried navy beans (soaked overnight and drained)
– 1 large yellow onion, chopped
– 3 cloves of garlic, minced
– 3/4 cup of molasses
– 1/2 cup of brown sugar, packed
– 1/4 cup of maple syrup
– 1/4 cup of tomato ketchup
– 1 tablespoon of dry mustard
– 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika (for that lovely smoky flavor)
– 1/2 teaspoon of ground black pepper
– 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper (this is optional, for a kick, if your family likes a little spice!)
– 4 cups of water or as needed
– 8 ounces of thick-cut bacon, cooked and chopped (you could substitute this for smoked ham hocks if you prefer)
1. Start by placing your pre-soaked beans into the slow cooker. Remember, they’ll need room to expand, so ensure your cooker’s got enough space.
2. Throw in that chopped onion and minced garlic – the cornerstones of flavor town.
3. In a sweet embrace, mix molasses, brown sugar, maple syrup, tomato ketchup, dry mustard, smoked paprika, black pepper, and cayenne in a bowl, then pour it over the beans.
4. Add your chopped bacon (or ham hocks) on top; it’s going to give everything a rich, smoky taste.
5. Cover everything with about 4 cups of water. The beans should be well submerged, so if they look a little thirsty, don’t hesitate to add a touch more water.
6. Cover the slow cooker, set it on low, and let those beans do their magic for about 6 to 8 hours. You’ll know they’re done when they’re tender and the sauce is nice and thick.
Variations & Tips:
– For our vegetarian friends, skip the bacon! Instead, add a dash more smoked paprika or some liquid smoke for that depth of flavor.
– If you’d like your beans a little sweeter, feel free to add more brown sugar or maple syrup to taste.
– And a little tip from me: sometimes I like to add a splash of apple cider vinegar at the end for a tangy contrast to the sweetness.
– Lastly, beans are great meal planners. You can freeze portions for quick sides on busy nights; just thaw and gently reheat.

With a little bit of love and some patience, your family and friends will be diving into a dish that’s been a symbol of home-cooked goodness for as long as any of us can remember. Enjoy, darlings!

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