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Best canned baked beans?

I want baked beans for the Fourth of July.

If I don't make it to a local deli or bbq for beans, I want a back up plan.

Looking for sweet baked beans with brown sugar or molasses .. no HFCS. Nothing with heat in it like jalepenos.

I'm in the process of moving and everthing is still in storage, so can't make my own even if I wanted to.

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  1. Bush's vegetarian baked beans. No HFCS, no heat, sweet but not too sweet. Not the best beans ever, but I like them.

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    1. re: cookie monster

      +1 I season mine with a little catsup, Worcestershire sauce and a little honey or maple syrup.

      1. re: Cameraman

        One more vote for Bush's vegetarian beans. Although if I had some bacon or chorizo, I might make them non-vegetarian by adding it. Usually I'll add some ketchup, smoky barbecue sauce, and minced onion to it anyway.

      2. re: cookie monster

        I am a fan of beans on toast and Bush's vegetarian are my staple- far better than the imported Heinz, and really quite good on buttered, toasted, quality whole-wheat bread.

      3. Bush's Grillin' Beans - Bourbon and Brown Sugar

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        1. re: kattyeyes

          Bush's Grillin' Beans - Bourbon and Brown Sugar

          These beans (the Grillin' Beans line) are seriously, workably, tasty. I've added chopped shallots, celery, and 8 tons of cilantro, dumped it into a crockpot at work, and they acted like I was America's Next Freakin Chef-Empress.

          1. re: DuchessNukem

            Yes, the whole line works for me- easily the best canned product. When I'm lazy I just dump a can or two of the bourbon or smokehouse into a foil pan and put it in the bbq pit for 2-3 hours- you can't miss.

            The black beans w/ corn are tasty & unique in that grocery aisle, and the Ranch version is far better than the original Ranch beans since ConAgra chose to ruin those.

          2. re: kattyeyes

            For extra fun and flava, add a tablespoon of bourbon to these beans. I just did. HELLATASTY!

          3. my husband swears by the B & M brand- our store sells it in a jar rather than a can but I think some places have it in both.

            1. Grew up with B&M, but these days it's Bush's Boston Recipe.

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              1. re: Tonality666

                Bush's Boston? Where do you find those? My standby has been B&M, but they're getting hard to find.

                1. I vacillate between B&M and Bushes. Original recipe for both.

                  1. I use the B & M bacon & onion with brown sugar, but the Bush's are good as well. (The B&M I use do have HFCS, not sure if other varieties do ). Either way I add a pound of cooked, crumbled bacon & some onions sauteed in the bacon fat, then cook on low for as long as I can, stirring often. They cook down to a delicious mass of bacon-y, onion-y goodness. The best part is they can be simmering while you get everything else ready & taste a lot more work-intensive than they are.

                    1. No matter which BBs I buy, I add ingredients to them to make them taste homemade. My favorite is Bush's Homestyle Baked Beans. Then, I add (squeeze-style, not dry) yellow mustard, brown sugar and onion powder to them. I was in a pinch once and didn't have time to make my homemade baked beans, so I did exactly as I described above. People kept telling me the BBs were awesome!

                      1. Bush's original-it is seasoned w/ bacon and brown sugar.

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                        1. Thanks all. For the 4th I went with the Bush's Boston baked beans. I liked they were sweet, but not too. The ingredient list is great as well with zero preservatives


                          INGREDIENTS: Prepared White Beans, Water, Brown Sugar, Molasses, Pork, Cornstarch, Salt, Mustard, (Water, Vinegar, Mustard Seed, Salt, Turmeric, Spices), Mustard Powder, Spices, Garlic Powder, and Natural Flavor.

                          The only problem, for my taste, was that there was too much mustard which I originally mistook for the flavor for horseradish ... the reason for re-checking the ingredients. It is not overwhelming but each bite had that hint of horseradish flavor. Also, there was zero visible bacon despite what the ingredient list had.

                          I tried again with Van Camp's hickory and bacon baked beans. The ingredient list wasn't quite as pristine ... but thumbs up for no HFCS.


                          It had a strong bacon and hicory smell and taste. The flaw hear was it was too sweet. If the sugar level was the same as Bush's and they lost the preservatives I'd like it better.

                          The other thing is the Van Camps site doesn't list ingredients because they say they change ingredients. My can had no wine that the above link lists. So YMMv on this product.

                          1. Bush's regular, with a little nolasses and maybe some onion added. Scallions are best for some reason.