Almost from Scratch Crock-pot Baked Beans with a Stove Top Option
Seriously, these are SOOOO easy, and seriously, these are so good. What makes them is the barbecue sauce you use. And the bacon. And the onions. And the garlic. Oh everything makes them good.
We used to live on Bush’s Baked Beans in the summer. Every. Single. Time. my husband would barbecue, out would come one can from our stash. Then a few years back I was determined to learn to make beans from scratch. No regrets. It’s really not that hard at all. But what happens when you have an impromptu barbecue and there’s no time to soak the beans? You can’t be left without beans! No barbecue is complete without beans.
Well last year I had a wild idea to make my scratch beans with white canned beans. I always keep white beans in the pantry. It worked great. I didn’t have to wait to soak the beans, and I knew what was going into the beans.
Then this year I thought I could make the recipe even easier. This is for those times where I am too lazy to even pull out a recipe. That happens to me in the summer. A lot. Okay, it even happens to me in the winter. And in the fall. And in the spring.
Anyway, what if you need to boil the recipe down into a simpler form? Maybe you are on the road. Or at a friends house. Well, I’m here to tell you, you can make baked bean with two food items: canned white beans and barbecue sauce…with a splash of water (I don’t want to say 2 ingredients because you and I both know that the barbecue sauce has a lot more than just 1 ingredient). It’s really that easy. And to take it to the next level add some bacon cooked in a cast-iron skillet. And to take it to the next level, add some onions cooked in that bacon grease. And to take it to the next, next, level add minced garlic cooked for but a moment in the bacon grease in the cast iron skillet. You get the picture.
Sometimes I’ll cook the beans and barbecue sauce and add the bacon/onions when I get around to sautéing them. Just a thought.
So these beans are going to be as healthy and tasty as your barbecue sauce is. If you use a homemade barbecue sauce, this recipe is almost completely from scratch. For a healthier homemade barbecue sauce, go here. Or look for a barbecue sauce that doesn’t contain high fructose corn syrup. They are a lot easier to find these days. I usually buy barbecue sauce at Costco or Trader Joe’s.