I find the baked beans in jars and cans in the supermarket lacking flavor. When I used to travel down south, I would find incredible baked beans that were sweet, tangy and smoky at BBQ joints. I would love to make my own. Anyone have recipes? Thanks
This comes together in about the time it takes to order takeout, and is miles more nuanced than your average Chinese restaurant's sweet and sour sauce. Ketchup, soy sauce, sugar, and rice or cider vinegar are boiled together with water (though pineapple juice makes for a tasty tropical twist), and thickened to the perfect dipping consistency with a little cornstarch slurry. Serve this with egg rolls, wontons, rangoons, and whatever other fried foods you want to perk up. Feel free to add some heat to the sauce with minced ginger, garlic, or chiles (or all three). Read more.
If ever a side dish were worth making from scratch, these sweet, smoky, bacon-flecked baked beans would be it. Starting from dried lets you infuse the beans with another layer of flavor as they simmer.
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 creamy, not-too-sweet beans every time.