Grandma's Baked Beans

There are "baked beans" and there are what my family calls, "Grandma Beans." My dad's mom was from Kansas and her style of cooking has really influenced me and how I cook. This is her recipe for baked beans, aka: "Grandma Beans," aka, the best baked beans ever. You will need:

  • One 28 oz can of Pork and Beans (My family pretty much only uses the Van Camps brand) Do NOT use a can of "Baked Beans"
  • 1/2-3/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2-4 tbs brown sugar
  • 1-2 teaspoons yellow mustard
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 4 strips of very crispy bacon

Chop your onions so they are approximately the same size as a bean. Cut up your bacon into chunks.

Drain the liquid from the can of beans into a measuring cup so you see how much there was. Typically, there is about 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup of liquid. Once you know how much there was, you can discard the liquid.

Put the beans, onions and bacon into a pot on the stove top on medium heat.

Measure out the same amount of maple syrup as the liquid you drained off from the can of beans. Add to the pot with the beans and onions.

Add in the mustard (2 tbs if you want it a little more salty/tangy, 1 tbs if you want the beans to be sweeter) & 2 tbs of brown sugar and give the mixture a good stir.

Taste the mixture and see how you like it. Add more brown sugar to make it sweeter and mustard to make it saltier/tangy.

Cook, stirring occasionally until everything is heated through. Serve immediately or reheat right before you eat!