Recipe: Frugal Baked Beans

by GettingFreedom on July 1, 2009

For the 4th of July we usually end up just having a small picnic with my immediate family, since we celebrate my birthday at the same time. There have been a couple of years, though, that I’ve invited family over and we’ve had a BBQ. Other than the normal hot dogs and hamburgers, there are 2 dishes that scream summer to me: Coleslaw and Baked Beans! I love them both!

Recently, my wheels started turning and I decided to try something new. I’ve always just bought cheap pork and beans from Aldi and doctored them up to suit my family’s taste..but then it hit me. Dried beans are uber frugal and surely pork and beans (or baked beans) in a can are nothing more than cooked dried beans. Right? Correct0 Mundo!

Baked Beans

16 oz bag of dried Great Northern Beans
1/3-1/2 cup molasses
¼ – ½ cup brown sugar
½ cup BBQ sauce
1 cup chopped onion
1 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
Diced/Cooked Bacon
Enough water to cover beans

Soak beans overnight and pick out any nasty pieces. Drain off water and place beans in a crockpot and cover with fresh water. Add in remaining ingredients. Cook on low for about 8 hours, or high for 5. While it is cooking, I will periodically give it a taste test just to make sure that it is tasting okay, which is why there is a varied amount of ingredients. Word of caution–It’s hot, and it will burn the ever loving life out of your tongue. Not that I know or anything. *ahem*
Using dried beans in my baked beans, works for me!
Total Cost: Right under $2-and boy does it make a lot!



This post is linking up to 4 Moms 35 Kids Cooking For a Crowd over at Raising Olives, Smockity Frocks, Common Room , and In a Shoe.
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