Spruced-Up Baked Beans

Whether it be black, pinto, kidney, garbanzo, or baked, sometimes I need a little help in the “homemade” department and I find that in a can. A friend who used to teach with us and his family (wife and 2 toddlers) stayed with us last weekend. To celebrate their visit, we decided to have a cookout at our house. I knew that with company in town all weekend and two little ones running around our un-child-proofed house that I wouldn’t have tons of time to cook. So, I decided to spruce-up some canned baked beans in my trusty CrockPot for the party!

4 strips of bacon, cut into lardons
1/2 onion, finely diced
3 cans of baked beans (I used Aldi brand)
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 Tbsp dijon mustard
1/4 cup ketchup
1 squirt sriracha sauce
1 tsp garlic powder
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Fry up the bacon lardons in a skillet on medium high heat. As they just begin to brown, throw in the onion. Cook the onion is the bacon fat for about 5 minutes or until they begin to brown/become translucent. Pour the fat, bacon lardons, and onion into the CrockPot. Combine the remaining ingredients, stir, and turn the CP to high. Let it cook on high for a couple hours, stirring every 30 min or so. Turn down to warm and serve.

I was having so much fun at the party and playing with the kiddos that I didn’t even take a pic of the beans!

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