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Baked Beans

Baked beans are a great make ahead dish and kept in the crock pot to serve to a crowd. Good when you have a BBQ or anytime. It starts with cans of baked beans just spiced up a bit to add more flavor. This recipe has a hint of coffee in it which is subtle but adds a nice taste.
  • 1 lb of bacon or smoked sausage
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic or a teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. dry mustard
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon of instant coffee
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 2-28 oz cans of baked beans
  1. Saute the bacon or smoked sausage, drain all the fat.
  2. Add the onion, garlic and cook til the onion is softened slightly (my mom always caramelized the onions but I don't have the patience.)
  3. Put that and all the remaining ingredients into a crock-pot (slow cooker) and cook on low for four hours.


  1. definitely a great recipe for 'the crowd' thank you - any time the oven is on at 350, slice up 4 onions in the ol' 8x8, drizzle tad of olive oil,smidgen of butter, sprinkle with a bit of lemon pepper and CARAMELIZE; turn often esp. the corners; they freeze well and because of the oil and a hunk can just be pulled off for quiche or omelets or mushroom-onion puff pastry breakfast bites, or even into your sour dough bread recipe!

  2. I love baked beans! I've never cooked them in a crockpot. This is what I will do next time... no stirring on the stove or cooking over in the oven.

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  4. Baked beans taste so good and they are so good for you too. Crock pot cooking is a wonderful way to cook, I don't use mine enough.

  5. Perfect recipe for this time of the year...and I like the idea of having them hot in the crockpot! Thanks to Rose for the tip on caramelizing onions as well.

  6. This sounds like a great recipe, but I'm confused. Why would you use a CAN of BAKED BEANS in a recipe for baked beans? Did you mean to use pork & beans?

  7. yup. pork and beans, that is what i meant.
    rose thanks for the tip with the onions, sounds really tasty.

  8. Very little additional work to use dried beans and avoid all the sodium and preservatives in the cans. Just the time to rememeber to soak them and double the slow cooker time.

  9. Bernice, I have tried it with dried beans and I didn't have good success with it, perhaps I should really try it again and not give up so easily.
    It is always good to cook in a way that there are less preservatives and less sodium, thanks for the tip.


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