Baked Beans are such a great side dish. They go with burgers, any type of grilled meat, chicken, steak, ribs, pulled pork, smoked turkey, tri-tip, cue Bubba (because I could go on and on) – lol. They are also great for just about any type of potluck event. This recipe for Bourbon Baked Beans also comes with an incredible sauce that can double as a perfect BBQ sauce.
I like to use great northern beans for my baked beans, as they hold up nicely to the sauce. You could also use pinto beans or white beans instead if you have those stocked up in your pantry. For the bourbon, I always use my favorite – Jim Beam. You can use whatever your favorite bourbon happens to be. Just remember, that (as with any alcohol you cook with), the flavor will be concentrated further, so make sure you like it.
Essentially, if you omit the beans and bacon and then sub in 2 tablespoons of avocado oil, you can make a delicious BBQ Sauce. Though if you have any bacon grease it would do you better! Baked beans are really just beans covered in BBQ sauce – with a little bacon thrown in – baked at a low heat for a long time or a moderate heat for half an hour or so.
Beans are a great alternative to potato based sides – they have a higher protein content and a lower carb number. It also adds a great amount of fiber (when compared to potatoes). So if you are looking of sometime different to try on the side of your main attraction – you will want to try these baked beans for sure! If you are doing a full Bar-b-que spread with all the fixin’s than you are going to need these Bourbon Baked Beans for sure!
Now Let’s Get Cookin’!
Bourbon Baked Beans
- 3 15oz can Great Northern Beans drained
- 1 15oz can Tomato Puree
- ½ cup Broth chicken, beef, vegetable
- ½ lb Bacon cut in ½-inch pieces
- ½ Sweet Onion minced
- 3 Garlic minced
- ¼ cup Bourbon
- ¼ cup Honey
- ¼ cup Worcestershire Sauce
- ¾ cup Brown Sugar
- 2 tsp Cumin
- 1 tsp Parsley
- 1 tsp Salt
- 2 tsp Chili Powder
- Preheat oven to 400deg.
- In a frying pan over medium-high heat, add bacon. Cook until crispy and remove to a paper towel covered plate. Reserve two tablespoons of the bacon grease.
- In the same pan (with reserved bacon grease), reduce heat to medium and add onions and garlic. Cook for 3 minutes then add all remaining ingredient EXCEPT beans. Stir together and let cook for 2 minutes then reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 10 minutes.
- In a 13×9 baking dish, add beans and bacon. Pour sauce over top and stir together. Place in oven for 45 minutes.
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