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Baked beans with canned beans?

It seems that every baked bean recipe I read, they use dried beans. Does anyone have any good recipes for sweet-style baked beans using canned beans?

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    1. Using Bush's tomato-based baked beans as a start, I cut 2 slices of bacon in half-inch slices and saute them, adding a chopped onion. When bacon is done, I add two 28oz cans, maybe 1/4 cup catsup, a tsp ground mustard, and 1/4 cup brown sugar, then simmer the whole thing slowly till it thickens - maybe 45 min. Sometimes with some hot dogs or knockwurst, either sliced or whole, included. Nothing is measured so I'm guessing here. The neighbor on whose recipe this was based baked hers, with strips of bacon laid atop it rather than what I do. If I were to use plain canned beans, I'd drain them and add 1/3 cup of canned tomato sauce for every cup of beans, with the rest of the ingredients the same.

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      1. re: greygarious

        When I'm in a pinch, I tend to do something very similar. I don't have a set recipe- I just keep tinkering with things until they taste good.

        1. re: nimeye

          My latest favorite is B&M maple flavored baked beans, with a good splash of rum (preferably Capt Morgan) and then bake 20 to 30 minutes til it gets back to original consistency. Why make it from scratch when it tastes this good?

        2. re: greygarious

          greygarious, to quote the p.d eastman book, "are you my mother?"

          ....'cause that's what my mom always does (whenever she decides to cook these days), except she bakes hers in a small dutch oven. she uses plain old van camp's canned pork and beans to start. http://www.vancampsbeans.com/products...

          1. re: alkapal

            Those were the pre-Bush days, actually, and Mrs. Martin was using Campbell's. Sometimes I still do, but Bush's needs less doctoring. My kids have 4 legs, supermodel build, and can run 40mph, but they can't type.

            1. re: greygarious

              ;-). yes, the bush's bbq ("grillin'") beans need no doctoring. i wish i could recall which of the four varieties i liked best. steakhouse, maybe? it wasn't the southern style.

          2. re: greygarious

            People rave about this recipe, and it's almost embarrassing.

            Bush's baked beans mixed with KC Masterpiece, cover with squares of thick bacon (I mean COVER) and bake until thickened at 350, about 3 hours for a small party batch.

          3. wonderful, thanks so much!

            1. This is a huge recipe, you can cut it down. People love it.


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                1. re: PapaHarley

                  Beans for 300!! Is Ellen the chef at San Quentin? ;) adam

                2. I have made some really tasty beans baked beans and had started with canned beans.
                  I usually do the dump method when making these, and the reason is because sometimes I'll have two large cans sometimes 4 small etc. But I do use the same ingredients to make them.
                  But I'l try to make this using 2 large cans of Bush's BBQ beans or any brand is fine.
                  Onion - 1 large white onion chopped and cooked translucent first cut off several rings for the top saute and place aside with the reserved bacon.
                  Bacon 5-6 thick pieces of bacon - fried again until translucent cut up, reserve some for top
                  Honey - 1T
                  Molasses 2T
                  2T Hoisin sauce
                  Brown Sugar !/2 cup
                  Dried Mustards - Colemans 1 T
                  Yellow mustard 1T
                  Ketchup 2-3 T
                  Garlic powder 1T
                  Tobasco - 6 shakes more if you like it spicy
                  Mix it all together and put in a large casserole. Place the reserved bacon on top.With some sauteed small onion rings
                  Bake until bubbly, remove the top and continue baking for another 10 minutes.
                  Put the lid back on and let it rest before serving to let the juices settle.

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                  1. I always start with B&M's original style canned beans, when I'm just heating 'em up (with bacon, brown sugar, Colman's mustard and a little cider vinegar).

                    Occasionally I'll buy 3-4 different kinds of canned beans (Goya, etc.) -- but with the B&M as a base.

                    1. I make these but don't use Bush's brand or B&M baked beans.
                      I usually use store brand and omit the bacon.

                      EASY BAKED BEANS

                      Yield: 6 servings

                      4 slices bacon
                      1/2 c chopped onion
                      2 (1-pound) cans pork and beans
                      2 Tbsp. brown sugar
                      1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
                      1 tsp. prepared mustard
                      ¼ cup ketchup

                      • Preheat oven to 325° F.
                      • Cook bacon until crisp; drain, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings.
                      • Crumble bacon.
                      • Cook onion in drippings until tender; add with bacon to beans, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and prepared mustard and ketchup; mix well.
                      • Bake uncovered in 1-1/2 quart casserole for 1-1/2 to 1-3/4 hours.

                      1. My go-to bean recipe is one from a Southern Living cookbook from back in the 80's. It uses 2 cans of baked beans, one can of kidney beans and one can of lima beans (drain the limas). The recipe calls for sauteeing an onion and a green pepper in bacon, then crumbling the bacon. I often just cook them in olive oil (when i don't have bacon).

                        The sauce calls for a 1/2 cup of chili sauce, 2 T brown sugar and 3 T cider vinegar, and some dry mustard. (I sometimes just use a squirt of yellow mustard.) Everyone loves the three-bean bake --- mainly because it's not too sweet.

                        1. BAKED BEANS

                          1 16.5-ounce can baked beans
                          2 strips bacon, cut in 1/2-inch (widthwise) pieces
                          1/4 cup onion, diced
                          1 tablespoon brown sugar
                          1 tablespoon molasses
                          1 teaspoon brown mustard
                          Dash of Tabasco sauce

                          Sauté bacon and vegetables for 10 minutes. Add beans. Place in an oiled baking dish, and bake uncovered for 20 minutes in a 350-degree oven.

                          Serves 6

                          1. Absolutely. Pour off some of the liquid from canned pork & beans and add GENEROUS amounts of ketchup and dark brown sugar. Over the top of the beans lay slices of bacon and on top of that some rings of sliced onion, not enough to cover up the bacon as you want it to bake nicely on top. Bake until the bacon is done---time depends on size of baking dish or pan. Three generations of my family have made this so it is definitely tried and true.

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                            1. re: Querencia

                              mm that sounds great. Im going to try some stuff out tonight and we'll see what happens.

                            2. Here’s what I do with baked beans, very nice while camping. Dump a can or two into a large heavy skillet or pot and heat with however many cut up hot dogs you want. Big dollop of mustard, maybe a little fresh chopped scallion. Stir, heat and let simmer while you prepare a box of Jiffy corn muffin mix, but use only 1/3 of the required liquid. Drop spoonfuls onto the top of the baked beans, cover and continue heating until the “dumplings” are done. Kind of like a baked bean shepherd’s pie. Serve with a shake of hot sauce.

                              This is even one of my “cooking for one” standbys.

                              1. I have literally over 30 written baked/bbq baked bean recipes, which ive tried all as written. In the end they are all great but pretty well all have a base of the same ingredients in the recipes listed here.

                                If you never tried this, but canned Peach or Apple Pie Filling and work that into your desired recipe. You will thank me later, trust me.

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                                1. re: mtomto

                                  Mmm that sounds really good actually.