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Crock Pot Baked Beans
« on: October 25, 2021, 01:37:41 PM »

I got the hankering for a crock of baked beans.

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Re: Crock Pot Baked Beans
« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2021, 01:41:04 PM »

I don't make them in a crockpot.  I haven't made them in years, but I start with canned pork 'n' beans or Van Camp's vegetarian beans, and add bacon, onions, dry mustard, and molasses.  Simmer slowly in a cast iron pot until heated through and thickened a little.
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Re: Crock Pot Baked Beans
« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2021, 01:44:38 PM »

OK, I should have specified that I'm talking 100% homemade baked beans.

Starting with dry beans and soaking them and assembling all of the ingredients.

I have often seasoned/adjusted a can of baked beans, but they're a poor substitute to homemade, at best.
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Re: Crock Pot Baked Beans
« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2021, 01:50:34 PM »

OK, I should have specified that I'm talking 100% homemade baked beans.

Starting with dry beans and soaking them and assembling all of the ingredients.

I have often seasoned/adjusted a can of baked beans, but they're a poor substitute to homemade, at best.

I knew what you meant, I've just never done it that way. =)  If you're going to doctor them up, use pork and beans, not baked beans.  They are as good has homemade IMHO, but that's not what you want...

Starting from scratch I would probably use Great Northerns.  And even if you use a crockpot you might need to finish them in the oven to get a little browning action.  Good luck.  I'm curious to see what you end up with.
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Re: Crock Pot Baked Beans
« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2021, 01:54:42 PM »

I will also follow this.  I have not made baked beans starting with dry beans, so I will be interested to see the recipes.
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Re: Crock Pot Baked Beans
« Reply #5 on: October 25, 2021, 01:57:38 PM »

Alton Brown has a GREAT baked bean recipe. I've made it before.

Just wanted to see if anyone here had a different recipe.

https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/the-once-and-future-beans-recipe-1938616
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Re: Crock Pot Baked Beans
« Reply #6 on: October 25, 2021, 02:09:14 PM »

Alton Brown has a GREAT baked bean recipe. I've made it before.

Just wanted to see if anyone here had a different recipe.

https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/the-once-and-future-beans-recipe-1938616

His recipe almost looks good ;)  (it probably is good)  It should have mustard powder instead of cayenne.  I'm not sure how much, at least a teaspoon.
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Re: Crock Pot Baked Beans
« Reply #7 on: October 25, 2021, 02:47:26 PM »

^^^So as a novice to soaking beans for baked beans (I have soaked beans for soup), is there a significant difference when making baked beans?  And boy, that recipe of Alton's looks great.
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Re: Crock Pot Baked Beans
« Reply #8 on: October 25, 2021, 03:18:12 PM »

^^^So as a novice to soaking beans for baked beans (I have soaked beans for soup), is there a significant difference when making baked beans?  And boy, that recipe of Alton's looks great.

You mean soak vs using them dry?  Yes you want to soak them.  You can cook them without soaking; especially if you use a pressure cooker, but you'll never get the amount of water right.  And some of them might stay a little crunchy (in a bad way)
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Re: Crock Pot Baked Beans
« Reply #9 on: October 25, 2021, 03:55:12 PM »

^^^I expressed myself poorly.  I have soaked dry beans and then used them for soup.  I have never soaked dry beans and then used them for baked beans.  I am curious if using soaked dry beans for baked beans tastes that much better.  I always thought tasty baked beans were more a function of the sauce/seasonings than the beans, but I am happy to be educated.
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Re: Crock Pot Baked Beans
« Reply #10 on: October 26, 2021, 07:35:11 AM »

One of the biggest reasons for soaking the beans before making baked beans is that acids like those found in tomatoes or even molasses can stop beans from softening during cooking.

By soaking them first, you start the softening process by preloading them with water, which greatly reduces the amount of acid they'll take up.

In dishes like chili, that have a LOT of acid because of a lot of tomatoes, I soak AND cook the beans before I add them to the chili.
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Re: Crock Pot Baked Beans
« Reply #11 on: December 07, 2021, 08:41:32 AM »

Circling back to this.

I've not made baked beans yet, but I came across this recipe for an easier version of baked beans called Calico Beans. I've had these at pot lucks before and they're really good.

I think I may give them a try this weekend.

https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/cowboy-calico-beans/
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Re: Crock Pot Baked Beans
« Reply #12 on: December 07, 2021, 08:54:49 AM »

^^^I make these all the time, but sub out a good BBQ sauce for the ketchup.  I usually make a double recipe and use one pound of ground beef and one pound of bulk country sausage.  Very good.
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Re: Crock Pot Baked Beans
« Reply #13 on: December 07, 2021, 09:29:27 AM »

I figured I'd double it and have it for lunches and, if I need to, freeze a bunch. It should freeze really well.
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