April 25, 2010 by Flora Dawn
Although I have always referred to these as 4th of July Beans I have noticed that almost identical recipes can be found called Settlers Beans, Party Beans, BBQ Beans, etc. Whatever you call them, they are sure to be a hit.
The combination of beans, bacon, onions and BBQ sauce make this a great summertime side dish, perfect to take to potlucks and picnics.
Although the directions are for the oven, I have made this many times in my crock pot and that is a great way to make it if it will need transported. All the ingredients are cooked, so basically you just need to make sure it gets really hot before serving.
4th of July Beans
The perfect side to bring to a family get together or potluck.
- 1/2 pound bacon, diced (I prefer pepper bacon)
- 1 chopped onion
- 1 can (28 oz) pork and beans
- 2 cans (16 oz) drained and rinsed beans of your choice (I use kidney, black, or cannellini)
- 1/2 cup favorite BBQ sauce
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 1/2 cup brown sugar (light of dark is fine)
- 2 Tb yellow mustard
- 1 Tb molasses
- 1 tsp salt, optional
- 1/4-1/2 tsp chili powder
- Preheat oven to 350.
- In a large skillet, cook bacon and onion until onion is tender and bacon is cooked thoroughly.
- Transfer to a large dish, I use a 9×13 glass pan, and stir in beans.
- In a small bowl (I use a glass measuring cup for convenience), combine all remaining ingredients. Mix well and pour over bean mixture.
- Cover with foil and bake 45 minutes; uncover and bake 15 minutes longer.