How to Make Baked Beans

How to Make Baked Beans. Nothing says cookout like meat on the barbeque and homemade beans in a pot. Here is an easy and oh-so-tasty recipe for homemade beans that will have them coming back for seconds...and maybe thirds.

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Make Baked Beans

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Place beans in a large pot and add enough water to cover the beans.

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Presoak the beans. Place the covered bean pot on the stove and bring to a boil. Once the water comes to a rolling boil turn off the heat and remove the beans from the stove. Allow to sit for one hour. This is called a "quick soak" and will soften up your beans and allow them to cook faster.

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Cook beans. After letting the beans soak for one hour place them on the stove once again and bring water to a boil again. Once the water boils turn the heat down so that the water is still boiling but won't boil over the top. Boil the beans this way for 1½ hours or until they "pop" (skin breaks open).

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While beans are soaking, dice the onion and cut bacon up into medium sized cubes. Place into a bowl and refrigerate.

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When beans are done cooking turn off the element and remove the beans from the heat. Drain the water from the beans and place in a large crock pot.

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Add the onions, bacon, brown sugar, salt, pepper, mustard, molasses and syrup to the beans in the crock pot. Stir well with a large spoon.

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Add 1½ cups of ketchup and stir. Taste the beans. Some people like a stronger tomato flavor. If this is the case, add another ½ cup of ketchup. Stir well.

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Place the lid on the crock pot and set it to "low" heat. Cook for 1½ hours.