This is another recipe that will be on our menu this Labor Day weekend. I don't think a good BBQ meal is complete without some baked beans. Now, by "BBQ" I mean slow cooked pulled pork, smoked chicken, brisket or ribs. Some people (Yankees) use "BBQ" as a verb, when it is truly a noun. BBQ is the meat - not something you do with the meat. You don't "BBQ" burgers or steak - you grill burgers and steak.
I've tried lots of different recipes for baked beans over the years and I finally combined them into one that had all my favorite things in them. These beans are sweet and tangy from the BBQ sauce and have a great crunch from the french fried onions. You could make a meal out of the beans alone.
BBQ Baked Beans
2 (16-ounce) cans pork & beans
1 cup BBQ sauce
1 tablespoon yellow or brown mustard
5 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
1 (6-ounce) can french-fried onions, crushed
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In large bowl, mix together beans, BBQ sauce, mustard, 1/4 of the bacon, and 1/4 of the onions. Add some salt and pepper, to taste. Pour beans in 9-inch casserole dish and sprinkle remaining crushed onions and bacon on top. Cook in oven for 1 hour or until beans brown and bubble. Serve warm.