These bakes beans could not be easier to make; they just take time. I realize that they may not seem all foodie and complicated. That said, it is imperative that you make these beans. They will quickly become a staple in your recipe repertoire. They are like candy. They are sticky and shiny and sweet and oh so good. These baked beans belong on every plate at every barbecue or family gathering in the world. That’s how yummy they are. You’re welcome.
3 lb 5 oz can of pork ‘n beans (Vegetarian/Vegan option: I have made these with meatless baked beans, and they were delicious)
3 cups dark brown sugar
2-3 Tbsp ketchup
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Pour the beans, sugar, and ketchup, in a Dutch oven (or bean pot) with lid and stir. Place covered in an oven for about 2-3 hours (depending on how much time you have because the longer they cook the better they are!) Remove the lid and bake an additional hour stirring every 15 minutes. If too wet continue to bake for 15 minute intervals. Keep in mind that beans will thicken as they cool so they should be a little soupy. Serve while warm and gooey. If there are any leftovers, the beans are easily warmed on the stove top or even delicious served cold; served with leftover potato salad and ham or whatever you have…
Side note: This recipe can easily be double, tripled, etc. depending on your crowd. It’s just about 1 cup of brown sugar and 1 tablespoon of ketchup per pound of beans.