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Saturday, June 11, 2016

Old Fashioned Maple Baked Beans and 16 Great Recipes for Grilling and BBQs

     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.  


   The only problem was, if I was going to go through the effort of using the bean pot I wanted to go full bore.  I didn't want to start with beans in a can, I wanted to start with dried beans and do the whole thing.   When I saw this recipe for Quebec Maple Baked Beans over at She Loves Biscotti, I knew I had found the recipe I wanted to try. It was different than any of the baked beans I had ever tried, and nothing like the ones you normally find in the cans.  Plus I had some homemade Canadian bacon in the freezer from one of K.C.'s smoking experiments, so that had to go in too.  How much more fun could it get than that?!  Homemade beans in my great-grandma's pot with Canadian bacon my brother made.  


    The beans turned out delicious.  They definitely take some time and a bit of work, but they were delicious.  You can make them in the slow cooker as well.  Head over to She Loves Biscotti for those directions. 

Old Fashioned Maple Baked Beans

Ingredients:

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

  1. Soak beans overnight.  Rinse and drain.
  2. 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.
  3. Place beans in bean pot or dutch oven. Stir in remaining ingredients.  Cover tightly and place in an oven preheated to 225 F.
  4. 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!  



Cooking Carlee
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This recipe is shared at Meal Plan Monday

26 comments:

  1. Oh man, I love baked beans. One of my favorite barbecue dishes! The hubby hates them, so I usually only get to eat them when we are out at barbecues. These ones look delicious, I wish I had some right now! :-)

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    1. I hated them for most of my life. The idea of sweet beans weirded me out! I know that is crazy coming from my sweet tooth... but I got over it and now I love them! These are fun because they have so little tomato in them and I love the creamy color!

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  2. Perfect time of year to try some new BBQ recipes. Yum

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    1. Mmmmmmhmmm! Don't they look yummy?

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  3. These baked beans sound so yummy. The maple syrup and molasses are a great combination.

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    1. They really have great flavor and I loved that the color wasn't as red as I am used to.

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  4. I hardly did any grilling last year and have vowed to do much more this year. These look like some great recipes to try. I love pork so may try that pork loin recipe!

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    1. The pork loin one is REALLY good! I hope you enjoy it. We go through phases where we grill everything and then we'll go a month without grilling. It is always fun to have something on the grill though!

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  5. I love baked beans and all these sides with grilled meat. I think I like all food!!!

    Wishes for tasty dishes,
    Linda

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    1. Me too, Linda! Almost to a fault!

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  6. Hi Carlee, Absolutely love your great-grandma's bean pot. The beans look fantastic ...Canadian bacon,eh? Glad you enjoyed them ...thanks for sharing and thanks for a terrific round-up of grilled foods!

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    1. Yah, Canadian bacon! Heehee! I don't think I know how to type in Canadian ;-) Thank you!

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  7. I pinned this as well!! Yummy!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for Recipes and Crafts: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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  8. I love baked beans and they are the perfect side for summer grilling.
    Thanks Carlee for sharing all of your awesome recipes each week and Cooking and Crafting with J & J. :)
    Enjoy the end of the week and weekend.
    Julie

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    1. They are a perfect side for BBQs aren't they? Thanks so much, Julie!

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  9. I have a bean pot, too, I've been meaning to use! What a wonderful thing to have your Great Grandma's!

    They look delish!

    Mollie

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    1. It definitely takes some time to do them that way, but it was a lot of fun!

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  10. We love baked beans at our house and this recipe sounds divine!! Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Thank you, they really are quite good!

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  11. A great collection of grilling sides, they all look delicious! Hope you have a very special Fathers Day Weekend and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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    1. Thanks, Miz Helen! We actually hosted a grilling competition yesterday, it was a blast! I hope you are having a great weekend as well.

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  12. Sounds delicious! I know my husband will love this! Stumbled to make after our cleanse is over! :-)

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    1. Oh my! This will be especially delicious after a cleanse!

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  13. One of the great foods of summer is some really good baked beans!! Thanks for sharing with us at Merry Monday. This recipe sounds delicious. If I break out the bean pot, it's going to definitely be good!

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    1. I loved the nostalgia of using the bean pot. I also wanted them to be something a little different if I was going to go through the effort. These were worth it! I hope you love them if you give them a try.

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