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Friday, September 13, 2019

Homemade Maple Bacon Baked Beans in the Instant Pot

Baked beans are a classic side dish for good reason. This recipe flavors delicious baked beans with maple and bacon. They start with dried beans and can still be made in a couple of hours with the help of a pressure cooker.

big bowl of maple bacon baked beans in front of instant pot


     Maple bacon baked beans are the perfect side dish to BBQ, fried fish, burgers and more.  This is a great way to get a tasty and belly filling side dish put together that can feed a crowd.  You start with dried beans and end up with a hearty dish people will want seconds of. Plus due to the magic of the pressure cooker, there is no soaking required!


Saving time making baked beans in an electric pressure cooker


      It is rare that you go to a cookout or carry-in that doesn't involve some sort of baked beans. They are a hearty and flavorful side dish.

      To make them from scratch can take quite a bit of time though. You have to soak the beans, cook the beans, flavor the beans and then let it all cook together until the flavors have melded and the sauce has thickened.

      Luckily you can speed up the process by using an instant pot! There is no soaking of the beans and the cooking goes much more quickly.

cutting board filled with chopped bacon, onions and green pepper in front of instant pot for maple baked beans


      That's right, you can have from scratch beans starting with a very economical bag of dried beans and turn it into flavorful baked beans in just a couple of hours. The best part is, most of that time is hands off!

     Just dump the rinsed and sorted beans into the pot and fill it up to the 2/3 full line with water. Then let the pressure cooker take those hard dry beans and turn them into velvety cooked beans quick as can be.

      The magic doesn't stop there.  After draining the beans, use the saute feature to cook up some bacon.

       This allows you to make this whole dish with only one pressure cooker insert to clean! Crumble the bacon and use a little of the grease to soften the onions and peppers.

       Now add the beans back to the pot and build the sauce. All of those layers of flavor are going to make the final result so good.

looking across a bowl of homemade maple baked beans with pressure cooker in background

Maple and bacon are the perfect flavor combination for baked beans

     When building the sauce, you have a number of options.  You could go classic ketchup based sauce with plenty of brown sugar and you would have delicious beans.

     You could also go full blonde baked beans like my old fashioned maple baked beans. They only have 2 Tablespoons of ketchup in the whole batch.

      This time I thought it would be fun to go somewhere in the middle.  So the sauce it technically ketchup based, but that is not the full flavor profile.

      I used a bit of our favorite BBQ sauce to add a roundness to the ketchup.  Plus it does a lot of the seasoning work for you.

      The maple syrup adds that warm sweet depth of flavor.  The bacon adds that salty smokiness and the two work together in sweet harmony.

       In the end you have a thicker sauce that is loaded with flavor, none of which are overpowering. It is just enticing you to take another bite.

bowl of maple baked beans ready to be served in front of electric pressure cooker

What if I am not feeding a crowd?

     You can easily cut the recipe in half.  Just follow the same basic directions of cooking the beans and building the sauce only in smaller quantities.

      Better yet, go ahead and make the whole batch.  As with a lot of things, the leftovers can be even better than they were on the first day.

      I have had great luck freezing baked beans and cowboy beans as well.  Just portion them out into meal sized containers and warm them up as needed.

       That will help get delicious homemade baked beans on the table on a busy weeknight without a problem. Easy peasy!



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instant pot baked beans, maple bacon baked beans, baked beans from dried beans
side dishes
American
Yield: 24 servings
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Homemade Maple Bacon Baked Beans in the Instant Pot

Baked beans are a classic side dish for good reason. This recipe flavors delicious baked beans with maple and bacon. They start with dried beans and can still be made in a couple of hours with the help of a pressure cooker.
prep time: 15 Mcook time: 2 hourtotal time: 2 H & 15 M

ingredients:

  • 2 pounds dry navy, pinto or great northern beans
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 pound bacon
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 3 Tablespoons spicy brown mustard
  • 1/4 cup apple cinder vinegar
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup water

instructions:

How to cook Homemade Maple Bacon Baked Beans in the Instant Pot

  1. Rinse the beans, then put in a 6 or 8 quart instant pot insert. Fill to the 2/3 full mark with water.
  2. Cook on high pressure for 25 minutes.  Let pressure release naturally for 15 minutes, then quick release.
  3. Drain beans in strainer and set aside.
  4. Chop bacon into small pieces. Turn instant pot to saute and add bacon to the pot.  Cook until it starts getting crispy, stirring frequently.
  5. Drain most of the grease, leaving about 1 Tablespoon. Add diced onion and pepper, cooking until tender.
  6. Add water, scraping the bottom of the pan to get all of the bits up. 
  7. Add bbq sauce, ketchup, mustard, vinegar and syrup. Stir to combine. 
  8. Add beans and stir to coat.
  9. Turn instant pot to slow cook and cook for at least 1/2 hour. 
Calories
163.53
Fat (grams)
3.76
Sat. Fat (grams)
1.21
Carbs (grams)
25.57
Fiber (grams)
4.26
Net carbs
21.31
Sugar (grams)
11.70
Protein (grams)
7.55
Sodium (milligrams)
525.16
Cholesterol (grams)
9.36
Created using The Recipes Generator




Baked beans are a classic side dish for good reason. This recipe flavors delicious baked beans with maple and bacon. They start with dried beans and can still be made in a couple of hours with the help of a pressure cooker.


shared at The Weekend Potluck and Meal Plan Monday

5 comments:

  1. I love me some savory beans, these look sooo yummy and hearty! Have a great weekend!

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    1. They are so good and the IP makes it so much faster!

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  2. Making beans in the IP is so fast and easy Carlee. :)
    Your recipe looks so good and I bet tastes delicious! I will have to try making them in my IP sometime. Thanks for the recipe and have a Happy Friday and weekend!

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  3. These sound great! And, it just feels like the right weather to have a nice side dish of beans!

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