Turning Canned Pork & Beans to Heavenly Baked Beans

Did you ever really wonder how to turn a lowly can of pork and beans into a heavenly dish that will have your family and friends coming back for seconds and even thirds, and asking for the recipe?  This recipe will be the one that becomes your permanent "assignment" guaranteed!

I'll talk you through how to dress up those cheap pork and beans and turn them into an easy "slow baked" heavenly side dish.  The ingredients are that perfect blend you remember your grandma making.

5-10 minutes of prep work and then let your oven or crock pot do the rest! The secret to that slow baked taste is to bake it for about 2 hours. The slow simmer of these simple ingredients will blend and meld them together and give them that old fashioned taste without all the work!  I've tweaked the  recipe    from: threemanycooks.com. and also added  in some crock pot directions.

Heavenly Baked Beans
Makes 12-18 servings approx.

6-8 slices of bacon cut in half
1 onion (medium) small diced
1/2 green pepper small diced
3 large (28 oz. each) cans pork and beans
3/4 cup barbecue sauce
1/2 cup cup brown sugar
1/4 cup vinegar (distlled white or apple cider)
2 tsp. dry mustard powder or 2 Tablespoons regular, dijon, or spicy brown mustard

If Oven baking instead of Crock Pot: Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees.
In skillet cook bacon. For oven baking the beans cook bacon till about half way cooked and remove from pan. if Crockpot baking the beans then cook bacon all the way through and remove from pan.

In the skillet with the bacon drippings over medium heat cook onions and green peppers till tender (about 5 minutes).
In large mixing bowl combine beans, onions & peppers along with the barbecue sauce, sugar, vinegar, and mustard.

For Oven Baking:
Mix well and pour into large oven proof casserole dish.
Place bacon slices over the top of the beans.
Bake 2 hours, till sauce is thick and consistency of pancake syrup.

For Crockpot:
Mix well and pour into crock pot.
Crumble bacon and sprinkle over the top of the beans.
Place lid on crock pot and cook on low for 2-4 hours.
You may want to remove lid at the 2 hour mark and continue cooking on low if you want to thicken up the sauce a bit more, to the consistency of pancake syrup.
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