I made these hearty maple beans one night when we had a few of our friends over for dinner. Dan made ribs, and I made the side dishes. These beans were a favorite. I am not a baked bean person but I loved these. I've made them many times since.
In my opinion, this is the best baked bean recipe I have ever tasted. The combo of bacon, sausage, onion are savory, while the mustard and molasses give some depth to this dish. I love that if you are planning a big dinner, you can make these days ahead of time and just heat them up before serving. I always make extra so that I have leftovers.
Best Baked Beans Recipe
Slightly Adapted from Taste of Home
1/2 a package center cut bacon, cut into pieces
1/2 lb smoked sausage cut into pieces
1 can (15-16oz) Butter Beans drained and rinsed
1 can (15-16oz) Kidney Beans drained and rinsed
1 small onion diced
1 can (15-16oz) Pork n' Beans
3 TB ketchup
1/2 C real Maple Syrup
3TB Yellow Mustard
3 TB Apple Cider Vinegar
1 1/2 TB Dark Molasses
Preheat oven to 350°.
In a large oven safe skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp.
Using a slotted spoon, remove bacon and drain on paper towel.
Drain bacon fat, reserving 1 tablespoon or so of drippings.
In drippings, cook sausage and onion over medium-high heat until sausage is lightly browned.
Stir in bacon and remaining ingredients.
Bake, uncovered, 25-30 minutes or until bubbly.