What BBQ wouldn't be complete without a side of baked beans? This one takes a little bit more effort than the usual can of pork n beans that has been doctored but the flavor is worth it!
I always make extra and freeze it. Thaw, heat and eat!
Three Bean Baked Beans
2/3 cup EACH black, pinto, and great northern beans
8 cups water
5-6 bacon slices, chunked, cooked, and drained
1/3 cup diced onion
2 teaspoons dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
3/4 cup ketchup
2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
3 Tablespoons honey
2 Tablespoons molasses
3/4 cup water
In large ovenproof stockpot add the beans and water. Be sure to pick through your beans as sometimes there can be rocks. Bring to boil and boil for 1-1/2 hours, maybe 15 minutes more. They should be soft but hold their shape. They will not get much softer in the oven so be sure they are how you like them. You will need to try all three types of beans. The water will look yucky since there are black beans in it but that is ok.
In same pot, saute onions in a small bit of olive oil until they are soft.
Add mustard, thyme, ketchup, vinegar, honey, molasses, and water.
Add beans and bacon. Stir.
Bake at 350 degrees, covered for 45 minutes (I use foil.) Uncover and bake for 15 more minutes. If you find your beans are wet you can cook longer or start off with less water but you will need to check it. 3/4 cup works for us and as it sits the beans seem to soak up some.
Enjoy as is or you can add hot dogs and the kids can enjoy beans and wienies!! No more baked beans in a can for us.
**Can be frozen and thawed out later, heat and eat!