I am sharing one of my favorite side dishes for this week’s Flashback Friday: Baked beans. Not the kind you get in a can (no pork and beans either). I really LOVE good, old fashioned, made from scratch baked beans.
However, sometimes, you just don’t have the time or the patience to make the completely from scratch version like my Molasses Baked Beans. I created this recipe for our July 4th Work Barbecue few years back because I really wanted homemade beans, but, I didn’t think about it until the morning of the barbecue. I didn’t have time to soak my beans and well I am not THAT prepared to have pre-cooked ones I can pull from the freezer.
As much as I LOVE Bacon, I don’t LOVE it in beans because it just gets soggy. I thought it would be fun to use “Smoked Turkey Sausage” because the beans would not only be sweet, but, they would be smoky too.
The result was AMAZING and nobody could tell I used canned beans. This is a recipe I will for sure make again and again.
You should definitely give these a try for your next BBQ, I guarantee everyone will love them as much as we did.
QUICK & EASY “SLOW” COOKER BAKED BEANS (print it!)
- 1 lb Lite Kielbasa or Smoked Turkey Sausage, quartered then chopped
- 1 red onion, chopped
- 1 cup Ketchup (or make your own)
- 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
- 1/4 cup Agave Nectar (I used X-Agave), honey or sugar
- 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 2 Tbsp molasses
- 2 Tbsp deli mustard
- 1/4 cup Chipotle Barbeque sauce, if you want a little kick, optional
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 3 cans (15-1/2 ounces each) pinto beans, drained and rinsed
1. Add your Kielbasa sausage to a pan sprayed with nonstick spray over medium heat. Cook until lightly browned, 5-7 minutes, then, set aside.
2. Using the same pan, add your chopped onion and cook until slightly browned/caramelized.
3. While your sausage and onions cook, mix together ketchup through black pepper and set aside.
4. Spray your crock pot with nonstick spray or use a crock pot liner. Add your beans, sausage, onions and sauce mixture. Stir to combine and cook on high for 2 hours or low for 4 hours.
Serve straight from the crock pot and enjoy!
Makes about 20, 1/2 cup servings, 5 Smartpoints or 4 points+
Nutritional Information per 1/2 cup serving using Calorie Count:
STEP – BY – STEP:
Brown your smoked sausage for 5-7 minutes or until browned.
Remove your sausage and use the same pan to brown your onions for 5-7 minutes.
Spray your crock pot with nonstick spray and add beans.
Then, browned sausage
and browned onions.
While your sausage & onions cook, whip up your secret sauce. You can use any ketchup or vinegar, but, these are my two favorites.
While you don’t technically “need” to add Barbecue sauce since you’ve just made one up from scratch, I wanted to give my beans a little “kick” with some Gayle’s Chipotle Barbecue sauce. Totally optional, but, I highly recommend it.
Pour your secret sauce over your bean mixture and stir to combine.
Cook in your crock pot on low for 4 hours or high for 2 hours. You can easily leave these on all day and let people snack on them through your barbecue.
This is one of my favorite recipes from the archives that I make almost every summer.
Enjoy and have a great long weekend!