It is finally grilling season again! For whatever reason, when I think of grilled meat baked beans are one of the sides that come to mind. Are you making burgers? You'll need some baked beans. Is pulled pork on your menu? Baked beans! Grilling chicken? Make baked beans! My grandma recently gave me my great-grandma's bean pot and I couldn't wait to use it. I love using things that generations of my family have used, there is just so much history and love in the pot that it has to make the food that much better.
Old Fashioned Maple Baked Beans
1 lb dry navy beans
1 onion, chopped
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 T molasses
2 T ketchup
2 tsp dry mustard
1/2 lb Canadian bacon, chopped
3 cups hot water
1 tsp salt
pepper to taste
- Soak beans overnight. Rinse and drain.
- Place in a large pot and cover with fresh water. Bring to a boil, then drop to a simmer and cook for 45 minutes to an hour. Remove from heat then rinse and drain again.
- Place beans in bean pot or dutch oven. Stir in remaining ingredients. Cover tightly and place in an oven preheated to 225 F.
- Bake for 5 1/2 hours. Then remove lid and stir. Add water if necessary, then bake for another half hour with the lid off.
Now, just in time for Father's Day we wanted to give you some great ideas for grilling season. Whether it is something to enjoy while you are grilling, something to throw on the grill or sides to enjoy with your grilled meat these all look great. I can't wait to try them all!