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Aug 1, 2008 07:19 AM

how do doctor up canned baked beans?

We have just been invited to a bbq tonight and were asked to bring baked beans. I don't have time to make them from scratch, so what is the best way to doctor up a few cans to make them taste like the real thing?

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  1. Have never made them from scratch, as no one else in family eats them, just me. I like Bush's baked beans, they come in several varieties. I like the honey maple kind, usually add some sauteed finely diced onion, some dijon mustard and smoked bacon. Don't care for overly sweet, sometimes add a drop or two of red wine vinegar to make it sweet & sour. Honestly, they are pretty good and sometimes I just heat them from can.

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    1. re: Diane in Bexley

      sautee some bacon. add a chopped onion and a couple of cloves of garlic and half a red bell pepper diced. Throw in the baked beans. Add a couple squirts of bbq sauce, a couple tablespoons of dijon, and a couple tablespoons brown sugar. Oh and a dash of worchestershire. Then simmer for 15 minutes or so.

      1. re: bw2082

        Try molasses instead of brown sugar. Try 1/4" cubes of prosciutto.
        Shallots in place of onions.
        I few drops of good fish sauce instead of the Worches.........
        Oh ya. Be sure to rinse away the 'sweetener' in the canned beans first.

    2. I have a great recipe from a collegue that I have been making for years. Use about 4 small cans of baked beans (whatever brand/flavour you like); 1 28 oz can diced tomatoes, 1 chopped onion, 1/4 lb of diced, cooked bacon; 1/4 cup bbq sauce (any flavour) and if you like it.. 1/4 cup of hot sauce (I prefer Frank's Red Hot). Bake in oven or simmer on stove for 1 hr. Thickens up as it cools.

      1. the easiest (my laziest)

        - whirr a can of chipotles in adobo and add to taste (i like 'em hot).

        smoky and spicy...mmm

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        1. re: chocabot

          Agreed! Then toss in some cooked bacon or mexican chorizo. Not like homemade but definitely better than just the canned version straight up.

        2. I always have to work around a dear veggie friend, so I add a glug of BBQ sauce and stick them in the crockpot till they bubble. Sounds boring, but I get so many compliments... I usually use Bush's brand.

          1. I am ashamed to admit that sometimes when I am lazy I have used the canned beans when I have had a bbq, and just ran out of time/emergy

            I do make them a little better by adding some kilbasa I have smoked on the smoker. I cube the smoked kilbasa, add pickle relish, and & some bbq sauce.

            They actually go over pretty good with the guests.