Everyday Mom's Meals: Not Mom's But Oh So Good

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Not Mom's But Oh So Good

My mom makes a few dishes that only she can make to satisfy me. Ones that I don't even attempt, because they will never be as good. Her beef and noodles? Yeah, we only eat those at her house. I can finally make a meatloaf that is almost as good as hers, but it has taken me years of practice to even come close. And the one we will talk about today? Her baked beans.

Seriously, they are amazing. I've tried to make them. Replicate them. It's hopeless. I give up. Any time I have a party or cookout for a group, mom just knows she will be bringing the beans.

So when I was hosting my in laws for Mr. E's birthday last month, I wanted to make beans, but knew better than to try hers and fail again. Instead, I decided to make some we would love, but would be different enough we wouldn't be comparing them to hers.

Enter these. Like the title said, they aren't mom's, but boy were they good! Well, duh! They have bacon on top, how could they not be? Sweet, tangy, smoky...they've got everything we love about a good bean.

If you're planning and end of summer bash, or maybe a Labor Day cookout, your guests will love these as much as we did! Perfect with whatever you've got coming off the grill...and even better the next day we thought!

Bacon Baked Beans
5 (15 oz.) cans pork and beans
6 slices bacon, cut into thirds
1 medium white onion, finely chopped
2 TBS butter
3/4 c. ketchup
1/2 c. molasses
3 TBS mustard 
1/2 c. brown sugar

Preheat oven to 325. Grease a 9x13 baking dish. In a medium skillet over medium high heat, melt better and saute' onions until soft. Transfer to a large bowl. Add beans, ketchup, molasses, mustard and brown sugar. Stir well to combine. Transfer to prepared dish. Top with uncooked bacon. Cook for 3 hours until browned on top and liquid absorbed.

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