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What’s better on a crisp fall day than a warm and hearty meal? To keep things simple, I like to make a big batch of my favorite baked beans recipe sometime during the week. Then on the weekend, I can relax while I watch the game and chow down.

No hassle, no fuss.

If I’m heading to a tailgate, I can pack up the baked beans in a crockpot or individual thermoses and pass out servings to my friends. If your friends are like mine, they never turn down food!

Well, guess what? I’m going to teach you how to make homemade baked beans from scratch. Yep, baked beans from scratch! Get your crockpot or oven ready.

Awesome Homemade Baked Beans Recipes for Your Tailgate or Anytime

Boston Baked Beans

  • 1-pound navy beans
  • About 6 cups water
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 8 ounces salt pork or your favorite bacon
  • 2 cups diced yellow onion
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ½ cup molasses
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon ground mustard
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper

Place the beans and water into a large pan or Dutch oven and let them soak overnight.

The next morning, bring the beans and water to a boil with the baking soda. Let this cook for about 15 minutes while spooning off any foam.

When the time is up, add the cooked beans to the crock pot and make sure you save the water.

Next, fry up your bacon or pork. Don’t overcook it because it will cook more in the crock pot.

Set the meat aside, and use the fat from the pork to cook your onion. Once again: don’t overcook, just lightly sauté.

Add the pork, onions, and the rest of the ingredients to your crock pot along with 2 ½ cups of the water from your beans. If you don’t have that much left over, add some fresh water.

Let these babies cook for about 6 hours or until tender.

Yum! Who doesn’t love homemade Boston baked beans from scratch?

Tangy Homemade Pork and Beans

  • 4 cans kidney beans
  • About 12 slices of bacon or 8 ounces of salt pork
  • 1 diced yellow onion
  • ½ cup roasted red pepper
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup tangy BBQ sauce
  • 2/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon mustard powder
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

Preheat your oven to 325° before starting to cook your bacon or pork.

Get your skillet ready and fry up that pork! Set the cooked meat off to the side and chop it up when it cools down.

Use the extra pork grease to sauté the yellow onion. (Trust me, you won’t regret it.)

Get an extra-large mixing bowl ready. Add the cans of beans along with the pork and remaining ingredients.

Take the pork and beans mixture and add it to a super-large foil baking dish. (You might need two 9×13’s.)

Let these cook in the oven for about an hour and a half.

This is my favorite baked beans recipe because I love the tangy flavor from that BBQ sauce.

What’s one of the best accompaniments to your homemade baked beans? Corn bread!

Easy Corn Bread

  • ½ cup room temperature butter
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cup corn meal
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt

In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and honey. Then add your eggs, milk, and buttermilk until thoroughly combined.

In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, corn meal, baking powder, and salt.

Combine the wet and dry ingredients and pour the mixture into a 9×13 baking pan.

Cook at 400° for about 25 minutes. You’ll know it’s done when a toothpick comes out clean.

Let cool and then slice into squares. Wrap up individual squares to pass out with baked beans at the tailgate!

Homemade Baked Beans Tips and Hacks

I love pork and beans because they’re so versatile, which makes them perfect for tailgating or game day eating.

At the same time, baked beans don’t come without their challenges. Here are some tips I’ve learned from perfecting my baked beans recipes over the years:

  1. Plan Extra Time: Baked beans take a long time to cook. Some recipes take longer than others. If you’re using dried beans, make sure you plan time to let them soak overnight. Don’t forget: cooking pork and beans in the crock pot takes about six hours. You can always opt for canned beans if you don’t have the extra time.
  2. Select a Good Crock Pot: Most crock pots last for years and you can cook nearly anything in them. They’re great for tailgates too because you can plug them in and keep the food warm on-site.
  3. Get Your Jars or Thermoses Ready: If you don’t feel like hauling your crock pot to the tailgate or game day party, stock up on jars and thermoses. Thermoses are excellent for eating homemade baked beans in those cold winter months.

What’s your favorite baked beans recipe?

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