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A must-have dish for any backyard barbecue, this classic baked bean recipe is made simple by simmering in a slow-cooker. Spiked with bourbon, maple syrup and molasses, these healthy baked beans have just the right amount of bacon to add a salty touch of smokiness.

Source: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2014

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Recipe Summary

total:
6 hrs
Servings:
12
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Cook onion and bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat until the onion is starting to brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low and continuing cooking until the onion is very soft, about 5 minutes more. Stir in bourbon (or 3 tablespoons broth) and cook for 1 minute, scraping up the browned bits. Set aside.

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  • Drain and rinse the soaked beans; transfer to a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker. Stir in 3 cups broth, ketchup, maple syrup (or brown sugar), molasses, dry mustard and chipotle (or chili powder). Spoon the onion-bacon mixture on top of the bean mixture, but don't stir the two together. (The layer on top helps keep the beans submerged during cooking so they don't dry out). Cover and cook on High for 6 hours or Low for 8 hours. Stir in vinegar and salt just before serving.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months; reheat before serving.

Equipment: 5- to 6-quart slow cooker

Before using beans in a slow-cooker recipe, soak them to ensure even cooking. Start by sorting beans to remove any pebbles; rinse well with cold water. To soak overnight: Place beans in a large bowl, cover with 3 inches of cold water and soak at room temperature for 8 to 24 hours. To “quick soak”: Place beans in a large saucepan with enough cold water to cover them by 2 inches. Bring to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat, cover and let stand for 1 hour.

For easy cleanup, try a slow-cooker liner. These heat-resistant, disposable liners fit neatly inside the insert and help prevent food from sticking to the bottom and sides of your slow cooker.

Nutrition Facts

About 1/2 cup
199 calories; protein 9.5g; carbohydrates 35.5g; dietary fiber 9.4g; sugars 10.7g; fat 1.9g; saturated fat 0.5g; cholesterol 2.3mg; vitamin a iu 76.4IU; vitamin c 2.6mg; folate 128.9mcg; calcium 83.9mg; iron 2.5mg; magnesium 61.3mg; potassium 530.8mg; sodium 306.8mg; thiamin 0.2mg; added sugar 9g.

1 1/2 starch, 1/2 vegetable, 1/2 other carbohydrates, 1 lean meat

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