Creamy, tangy, saucy beans. One of the most popular brands has wanted to keep their recipe a secret, and after you try these beans you won’t care anymore about those secret beans. This is the only baked bean recipe you’ll need.
Taking into consideration traditional preparation of soaking beans, this recipe comes together in your crock pot almost on its own. So with a bit of planning and some chopping, you’ll be enjoying these beans in no time. Whether you’re grilling at home or headed to a company/family cookout, these beans are sure to be a hit.
Crock Pot “Baked” Beans
1 pound dried Great Northern Beans
3+ slices bacon, cooked and chopped (you can never use too much bacon, so add as much as you’d like)
1 large onion, chopped
1 jalapeno*, chopped
small can tomato paste
1/4 cup molasses
1/3 cup real maple syrup
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
salt and pepper
*Add in several seeds to get the kick of the jalepeno, the pepper doesn’t give any of the heat just the flavor. I added about 8-10 seeds and we didn’t really notice any heat.
Soak beans overnight in warm water plus a splash of apple cider vinegar. Soaking beans in warm water and an acidic medium is traditionally how beans were prepared as it reduces phytic acid, an anti nutrient that binds to certain minerals and prohibits their absorption into your body. So, you’re not getting the full benefit of these amazing nutrient-packed beans unless they’re soaked (or sprouted). Same goes for grains and other legumes.
In the morning drain and rinse beans, and add to crock pot. Also add in cooked bacon, onion, and jalepeno.
Pour in enough vegetable broth to cover beans. You can also use all water or partial water and broth, but I think broth really adds to the flavor of this dish.
In large bowl, combine remaining ingredients: tomato paste, molasses, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, salt and pepper. Mix well. Then pour over beans. Cook on low for about 10 hours or high for about 7 (all crocks cook differently, check beans throughout the day for doneness). Once beans are soft to the tooth they are done. Enjoy with your favorite grilled meal!