Monday, July 1, 2013

Root Beer Baked Beans

My kids LOVE baked beans. It's an obsession for them. If it were up to them, we would have baked beans at every single meal. Until I decided to go ahead and make baked beans myself, they were strictly Bush's Baked Beans snobs. Nothing but Bush's would do. I saw the "He Made - She Made" article in the June issue of The Food Network magazine and was completely inspired by the recipe by Aarti Sequeira. She uses a lot of indian spices (which my kids wouldn't likely take to in their precious beans) so this recipe is just loosely based on hers.

Root Beer Baked Beans
1/2 lb bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 large white onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
6 oz tomato paste
3 - 4 cups Root Beer
1 T apple cider vinegar
2-3 T maple syrup
4 15 oz cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 c BBQ sauce
Pinch of red pepper flakes - to taste
Salt and pepper to taste

Aarti makes hers in the oven - but it was so darn hot - I made mine in the slow cooker.

Cook bacon in skillet, remove when cooked and drain on paper towel. Reserve 2 T bacon drippings to cook the onion until translucent. Add garlic the last 30 seconds or so - until fragrant. Add bacon, onion and garlic to all the other ingredients in your slow cooker. Cook on high 3-4 hours.

*These beans were delicious the first night we ate them. They were freakin' fantastic - thinking about canning this and selling them good - the next night.

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