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My Mom’s Amazing Baked Beans Recipe and Great Sides

Hi Everyone!  So I am sure, if you have been reading our blogs, everyone is well aware that I am not a big fan of the summertime.  I literally countdown the days until September rolls around because, for me, September starts the holidays.  In fact, I have made up a holiday called “Autumn Feast” which comes on the first Sunday of every September.  I prepare an entire Thanksgiving Dinner for my family and friends, we decorate the house in fall decor, prepare all Thanksgiving themed food, and everyone dresses up in flannels and boots. Autumn Feast marks the start of the “Bers”- SeptemBER, OctoBER, NovemBER, and DecemBER.  So, as we quickly are approaching the “Bers” I thought I would blog about my final summer/BBQ themed food item, baked beans. This recipe is not just any baked bean recipe, it’s my mom’s famous baked bean recipe!  She has been making this recipe ever since I was a little girl and it’s a staple in our family. Here’s how it goes:

baked bean recipe

Baked Bean Recipe

1/2-3/4  cup of ketchup

1/4  cup of mustard

1  cup of brown sugar

3 strips of bacon chopped

1 onion chopped

1 green pepper chopped

3 large cans of Bush’s Vegetarian Baked Beans

baked bean recipe

Combine the 3 cans of baked beans in a casserole dish with the the chopped bacon, onion, and green pepper.  You can leave out the bacon if you like.  Sometimes my mom will substitute the bacon for chopped pancetta.


Mix the ketchup, mustard, and brown sugar (the ratio of ketchup to mustard is 3:1). My mom plays around with the brown sugar until she likes the taste.  Pour into the casserole dish with the baked beans and mix well.

baked bean recipe

Place in the oven at 350 degrees for 45 minutes, stirring once about halfway through cooking.

Obviously this is great with a BBQ, amazing with a deli platter, and I love it with pulled pork sandwiches. Enjoy:)

So that’s it for my summer recipes.  I hope everyone enjoyed them and braved the mosquitoes, the 500% humidity, killer thunderstorms and got out to the BBQ.  And although we are still in the thick of summer, I am going to pretend there’s a chill in the air, the leaves are turning colors, and Starbucks is serving pumpkin lattes. (I did go to Michael’s Craftstore the other day and it was covered in Halloween and Fall decorations.  Michael’s never disappoints!)   Happy Cooking everyone!

Here are some of my favorite weeknight dinner side dishes:

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