I've been working on perfecting my recipe this summer. I finally have them just the way I like them - saucy, a little smoky, a little sweet and loaded with bacon! I used to bake them in the oven, but I think they're easier and even tastier when they're slow simmered in the slow-cooker. (Oven directions included also.)
1 1/4cupBBQ sauce(I used Sweet Baby Rays Original)
28-ounce canstomato sauce
1cupbeer(I used Yuengling Lager)
3tablespoonslight brown sugarOptional: add another tablespoon if you like your beans a little sweeter.
In large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crispy, remove to paper towel-lined plate with slotted spoon and pour off all but 2 tablespoons bacon fat.
Cook the onions for 5 minutes in remaining bacon fat in same skillet.
Drain and rinse beans in colander. Add to slow cooker.
Add onion, bacon and all other ingredients.
Simmer in slow-cooker, covered, on high for 3 hours or on low for 6-7 hours.
Oven Directions: Bake in a 13" x 9" x 2" (or similar) baking dish for 1-hour at 350 degrees F.
Notes: *can substitute w/ great northern bean They freeze very well. If I’m not having a large crowd over, I usually divide them up and freeze them in smaller containers. You can thaw and reheat them in the microwave. Oven Directions: Bake in a 13" x 9" x 2" (or similar) baking dish for 1-hour at 350 degrees F.
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