Easy to make homemade baked beans are a must for the next time you make BBQ. They are made with navy beans and loaded with bacon and ground beef.
My sister’s mother in law has truly changed baked beans for our family. We are used to eating already made canned baked beans. She takes baked beans to a whole new level by taking cans of pork and beans and adding ground beef, sausage, BBQ sauce, and brown sugar. I hope to soon post the way that she makes her classic baked beans.
I wanted to make something similar to how she makes her baked beans but using beans that have not been baked yet. I decided to use navy beans, bacon, ground beef, onion, jalapeño, molasses, brown sugar, bbq sauce, apple cider vinegar, and other amazing ingredients. Use your favorite BBQ sauce for the baked beans; if you like spice in your food, then maybe aim for a spicier BBQ sauce. If you are more on the sweeter side, then use a sweeter BBQ sauce. You really can not go wrong with the BBQ sauce that you use for this recipe.
Making baked beans from scratch is actually not that inconvenient, but you do have to plan ahead for this recipe. Making homemade baked beans takes more time because you need them to simmer for 3-4 hours, and then you bake them in the oven for an hour. They are for sure worth the wait.
- 8 slices bacon, 4 slices diced and 4 sliced halved
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 medium onion, finely diced
- 1 jalapeños, chopped
- 4 cans, Navy Beans (drained and rinsed)
- ¼ cup molasses
- ½ cup barbecue sauce
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons Dijon
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp salt (or more to taste)
- In a large pot over heat add the uncooked bacon and cook for 3-4 minutes, add the ground beef and break up into small pieces with a wooden spoon. Once the ground beef is cooked add the onions and jalapenos. Cook for 5 minutes until the onions are soft and the bacon is crisp.
- Stir in the molasses, brown sugar, bbq sauce,Worcestershire, apple cider vinegar, and dijon mustard and bring to a simmer.
- Add the rinsed beans, black pepper and salt. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 3-4 hours. Stirring occasionally over the 3-4 hours.
- After 3-4 hours, preheat oven to 350. Pour the beans into a 13 by pan and top with the remaining baking. Bake for one hour uncovered. Once the beans have cooked for an hour raise the heat in the oven to 425 and cook until the bacon has browned, cooked and crisped up. This takes about 10 minutes. Remove from oven and serve.