Baked beans make a great side dish at a barbecue, but cooking something a long time in a hot oven during summer isn’t fun. Christine Gallary of the CHOW Test Kitchen has an easier way: Just throw the ingredients into a slow cooker and walk away. Using our Easy Slow-Cooker Baked Beans recipe she demonstrates how to make a perfect pot of not-too-sweet, creamy beans every time.

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