Baked Beans Recipe with Bacon & Hotdogs


Flavorful Baked Beans with Maple Syrup

One of my family's favorite cook out dishes is tasty and hearty baked beans which are full of maple syrup, hot dogs, bacon, onions and wonderful flavorings.

Check out my Cook's Tips following the recipe.

Baked Beans with Maple Syrup

6 strips of bacon chopped
1 large yellow onion, chopped
1 531/4 oz can of pork & beans
1/4 cup BBQ sauce
1/3 cup ketchup
3 1/2 - 4 tablespoons maple syrup
1/2 - 3/4 teaspoon dry mustard

1 - 2 hotdogs

Brown the chopped bacon in a heavy saucepan. Place the browned bacon to drain on a paper towel. Remove all but 2 - 2 1/2 tablespoons of the bacon fat. Add the onions to the saucepan and saute the onions until they are tender.

While the onions are cooking open the beans and drain them, reserving the liquid.

Add the barbecue sauce, ketchup, maple syrup and dry mustard to the beans. Mix well.

Add the onions.

Slice hot dogs into bite sized pieces, add to the beans, mix well.

If the bean mixture is very thick add a few tablespoons of the reserved liquid.

Put the bean mixture into a 71/2 x 11 pyrex baking dish.

Place several strips of bacon over the top of the beans.

Bake at 350 degrees approximately 45 minutes. Keep an eye to make sure it doesn't dry out. If it starts to dry out cover it with aluminum foil.

Cook's Tips:

Don't buy expensive flavored beans for this recipe as the whole idea is that you're flavoring them. Buy Hanover or Campbell's Pork & Beans. Also, this is not the time to use Pure Grade A maple syrup. This is the time for a store brand or something like Log Cabin (which is actually maple "tasting" syrup). I find that Kraft Original Barbecue Sauce works well in this recipe.

When I make this recipe I use regular bacon or thick sliced bacon and Nathan's hot dogs. You can lighten the fat content by using turkey bacon and turkey hotdogs. If you do this and need extra fat to saute the onions you can use vegetable oil.

If you're having a large crowd and are going to need to double this recipe cook them in a throw-away aluminum pan, as shown above. You can cook the beans in the oven and then keep them warm by placing the pan right onto the grill.

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