If you want to use dried beans and you’re own sauce try the following recipe. You are sure not to be disappointed. It does take more time and effort than the recipe at the bottom of the page. The recipe at the bottom uses canned beans and a bottle of bar-b-que sauce. Try both recipes and decide which is the one for you.
When using dried beans they first need to be thoroughly prepared before putting them in the slow cooker. This means that they need to be sorted through to make sure there aren’t any rocks mixed in with them in the package. After that they need to be soaked overnight in water three times their amount (e.g. 1 cup of beans in 3 cups of water). Then the water needs to be discarded and they need to be rinsed. Afterwards, they need to be cooked in boiling water which is then reduced to a simmer (follow instructions on the package). They need to be completely cooked because when adding them in with sugar and acid the softening process is stopped.
Other meat options would be to substitute sliced hot dogs, sausage, or salt pork. Link sausage can be just cut up and added to the mixture. If you decide to use ground sausage—precook it in a separate pan before adding it to the ingredients.
The following recipe uses cooked dried beans and makes its’ own sauce. You can always substitute your favorite homemade sauce if you like. This is the perfect crock pot to cook these beans in.
Old-Fashioned Baked Beans
- One package of dried beans, soaked and cooked
- 1 onion diced
- 1 green or red bell pepper, diced
- ½ bottle of room temperature beer
- 1 clove of garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon salt
- ½ tablespoon black pepper
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- 3 tablespoon mustard
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- ½ cup molasses
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- ½ cup tomato ketchup
- Red pepper flakes or a dash of tobacco sauce (optional)
- Your choice of meat—sausage, bacon, salt pork, or ham
Mix all ingredients together in slow cooker and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours.
Feel free to make your own adjustments. To make it healthier you may want to use ham instead. You also may want to cut down on some of the sugar and use a sugar substitute.
This is a popular side dish for almost any meal served to a large gathering or for a family outing. It is actually considered very healthy because of the beans, which are a very good source of fiber. So gather the ingredients and fix yourself and those you love a delectable side dish.
This is a super quick recipe but delicious. Give it a try. Below are some other options you may want to try as well.
- 3 large cans of your favorite beans (or 3 cans of different beans)
- 1 pound cooked and crumbled bacon (or ham hock or 1 pound ham!
- 2 chopped onions
- 2 chopped green bell peppers)
- 2 cups ketchup
- 2 cups barbecue sauce
- 2 cups brown sugar
- ¼ cup mustard
- Parsley, celery seed, red pepper flakes to taste
Put all ingredients in slow cooker and mix well. Cook on low for 8 to 10 hours.
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