How to make baked beans

Don’t fool yourself. This is no time to think healthy.  I’m not saying it’s not possible to make healthy baked beans–it is.  What I’m saying is, when you start dreaming on baked beans I can guarantee that these are the ones you’re dreaming on.  The first time I had them was in the middle of the country where there is no fear of sugar, cans or whole pigs on a spit.  Not everything has to be good for you to be good.

Get ready to go can shopping.  You need 1 16 oz. can of lima beans, 1 16 oz. can of kidney beans, 1 31 oz. can of pork and beans (that’s right,) 1 16 oz. can of butter beans, 3/4 pound of bacon, 4 onions, 1/3 cup of apple cider vinegar, 3/4 cup of light brown sugar (that’s right,) and 1 tablespoon of dry mustard.

Open all those cans and rinse everything well with cold water, except the pork and beans.  Dice and fry the bacon.  Stir everything together in a casserole dish and bake for 2 hours at 325 degrees.

Serve it up with barbecued chicken slathered in my new favorite barbecue sauce: Bone Suckin’ Good.  It comes out of a jar.  ( Keep going with cornbread, coleslaw, corn on the cob, a pile of fresh green beans and peach pie.  Hang some Chinese lanterns up in the backyard and the speakers in the window.

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