By: EatingWell User
A Little Bitter. . . but Can Be Fixed
First off, I was looking for a basic baked bean recipe - I wasn't looking for healthy, which these definitely are not. I didn't have any bourbon, so I left it out (part of the flavor problem?). The beans smelled heavenly cooking. We even had a neighbor tell us he wanted some! The beans needed 12-hours cooking time, on low, after an 8-hour bean soak. I have found that beans always take much longer to cook than people think. When I went to taste them, they had a bitter after taste. So I'd cut the mustard in half next time. Also, they are a bit too rich. I'd cook the bacon first (probably cut down the amount of bacon, too) and drain it, then brown the onions. That's really it! I feel like this could be a really solid, reliable recipe with these couple of tweaks, so not going to abandon it just yet. And the bourbon - I'll get some.
Pros: Pretty Good Flavors
Cons: A Little Too Much of Everything