Now that “cookout season” is in full swing, it seems like at least twice a week we are enjoying something hot off the grill. Typically this includes at least one bean dish on the side, and most often it is some form of traditional baked beans.
When short on time, it’s just too easy to reach into the pantry for a can of the old standard baked beans. There are so many choices at the store it’s easy to fall into this predicament. But, if you’re willing to start from scratch and give freshly baked beans a try just once, I guarantee you won’t go back to the mushy mess of canned beans again.
The sweet and spicy flavors of these Hawaiian Baked Beans combine to produce an incredible taste that works great as a side dish for any cookout, but they are so good I’d eat them for any occasion all by themselves.
What you need:
1- Package Hurst’s® HamBeens® Great Northern Bean Soup
1- Whole Pineapple, peeled and diced
1- Medium Yellow Onion, diced
1- Green Pepper, diced
1/2- Cup Brown Sugar
1/2- Cup Ketchup
1/2- Cup Molasses
1/4- Cup Yellow Mustard
1/4- Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
2-3 Cloves Garlic, minced
1/2-1 lb. Cooked Bacon, chopped or crumbled
1/4- Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
Salt and Pepper to taste
1. Place the Northern’s in a colander or sieve and rinse thoroughly with cold water. Check for any dirt or debris and discard.
2. In a large soup pot, cover the beans with roughly 2″ of water and bring to a rolling boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer the beans for about 1 hour. Once they begin to soften, pour the beans and 1/2 cup of liquid into a baking dish or dutch oven.
3. While the beans are cooking, saute the diced onion, peppers, and garlic in some of the left over bacon grease or olive oil. When the onion become translucent, add in the rest of the ingredients.
4. Mix well and simmer for 10-15 minutes, then pour it over the beans in the baking dish.
5. Add Hurst’s Ham Flavor and stir well to combine all ingredients.
6. Cover with foil and bake in a 350° oven 4-5 hours or until beans are completely tender. If you would like to thicken up the bean liquid, remove the foil for 30 minutes during the end of cooking.
7. Serve with a few slices of fresh pineapple and these beans will be great along side your favorite “grill-out” dishes. They also are delicious served chilled in a box lunch (perfect for a picnic or race day!) Enjoy!