Friday, May 30, 2008

Baked Beans - A Crowd-Pleasing Bargain Side Dish (And a Family Tradition)

Lately, I've been finding some great bargains on Van Camps Pork & Beans thanks to some great sales and coupons at Rite Aid and Walgreens.

So, I thought I'd share my Grandma Joyner's recipe for baked beans. These are always a crowd pleaser at a cookout or a family gathering (or as a dinner side dish on Wednesday night, as we enjoyed them this week.)

Better still, a pot of baked beans is a cheap homemade side dish (especially if you find beans, bacon, mustard and ketchup on sale.) And a batch of beans will last through several meals of leftovers.

They're not low-cal or low-fat, however, so be warned.

I suppose you could use any kinds of beans in this recipe, but my Grandma Joyner swore you had to use Van Camps Pork & Beans. Out of respect for family traditions and her memory, I've never tried anything else. (If you do, I don't want to hear about it! :) )

Grandma Joyner's Baked Beans*

1 can Van Camps Pork & Beans
1 small onion
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup ketchup
4 slices bacon
1/2 teaspoon mustard

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

Fry bacon in pan. Remove bacon and simmer onions in bacon drippings.

Crumble bacon and mix remaining ingredients together in a casserole dish.

Bake uncovered at 300 degrees for 60 minutes.

* I always double this recipe, and I've been known to triple and quadruple it when cooking for a crowd. If you prefer, you can reduce the amount of bacon when making larger batches.


  1. My mom always made her baked beans like your Grandma's recipe, with one extra ingredient. A drop of liquid smoke. Not too much or it over powers the beans. Just a little to add a smoky flavor. I think we might use a little bit more mustard, too. Boy are they good tasting baked beans. Yum!

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