Nothing says a summer meal like a big batch of Southern style baked beans. I couldn’t resist making them tonight to go with our Simply Southern Meal in honor of spring and firing up the grill!
4 to 5 slices of bacon cooked, chopped and be sure to reserve about 2 tbsp. of the bacon grease
2 -16oz. cans of pork and beans (I love Van Camps)
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. mustard
1 tbsp. ketchup
1 tbsp. of your favorite barbeque sauce
3 – 4 tbsp. brown sugar
Cook bacon and set aside to drain on paper towels. Reserve about 2 tbsp. of the bacon grease. Chop bacon. Spray a small bacon dish with Pam and preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Pour beans into the dish. Remove any fat that may be in the beans. Add the remaining ingredients and stir well. Taste and adjust to your liking. Depending on the brand of beans you may want it sweeter (add more brown sugar). If you like it a little more mellow, add a little more onion powder. Play with it until it’s just the way you want it. Put in oven for 3ominutes or until bubbling and hot. Allow to cool for a few minutes before eating so you don’t burn your tongue!
There you are! A perfect side for the perfect southern meal! Enjoy!