Homemade baked beans are a great side dish in the summer. They go perfectly with hot dogs, grilled hamburgers and of course grilled pork. When I owned and operated Nadia Gourmet Caterers in Somerville, NJ one of the dishes we made was homemade baked beans. I do not have the original recipe, so I adapted this recipe from my food bible, Joy of Cooking. I am on my second Joy of Cooking cookbook because I wore out my original one!
- 1 lb dried pinto beans
- 2 medium onions diced (small dice)
- 8 oz Circle B Ranch Hickory Smoked bacon sliced (cut into lardons)
- 2 cloves garlic-minced
- 1 cup honey (or agave) I used 1/2 honey and 1/2 agave
- 2 tbls ground ginger
- 1 tsp dry mustard
- 1 tsp salt
- Ground black pepper
- Rinse and soak beans.
- Drain and combine 10 cups of water with beans. Bring beans to a boil and simmer for about 45 minutes or until almost tender. Drain the beans and reserve the cooking liquid.
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
- Saute onion, garlic and bacon until the onion is translucent and bacon is a little crispy.
- Add the onion, garlic and bacon into the beans. Add 1 cup honey (or agave), the ginger, dry mustard, salt and pepper and don’t forget the liquid from the beans!
- Cover and bake until the beans are tender. The Joy of Cooking said about 2 1/2 hours, but mine took about 4 hours. I let the beans cool and refrigerated them overnight until I served them.