Preparation / Directions:
I'm sure we all have a load of "good bean" recipes, but Carolyn and I have developed this one over the years, and really like it with good Q. It is "Chef Friendly", and takes less than an hour to prepare. Out here it's pinto, pinto, pinto for beans, and I like' em. But every once in a while that old South comes out in me, and I want oven baked beans. Here goes....
Drain 2 cans of BandM, or Bush's "baked beans" (Campbell pork and beans will work in a pinch). Drain 75% or more of liquid from beans and discard. Pour beans into baking dish (no lid required).
In a skillet, fry 4 thick slices of HICKORY smoked bacon well done, pat dry, and place in freezer so that it becomes brittle while preparing other ingredients. Now fry 4 more slices of bacon till medium done, and set aside.
Drain all but 2 or 3 tablespoons of bacon grease out of skillet and save for other recipes. Saute 1 small onion, 1 small green, and 1 small red (if avaliable) bell pepper for 3 or 4 minutes in hot bacon grease. Pour sauteed onions, peppers, and bacon grease into beans.
In a cup, mix 2 tablespoons of mustard, 4 or 5 tablespoons of your favorite BBQ sauce, 3 tablespoons of dark brown sugar, or 5 tablespoons of molasses, and pour into beans.
Crumble or dice with a good chef's knife the cold bacon, and stir into beans. Place medium done bacon slices on top of beans and bake in oven at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes, or in pit till thick and rich.
Hope you guys and gals like this as well as w