We had to barbeque on the 4th of July. To do anything else would just be, well, not patriotic. Come rain or shine I was determined to lounge by the pool and cook dinner. We had grilled chicken, corn on the cob, and beans. Since I try to avoid foods out of a can that I can cook at home, I went hunting for a recipe for baked/BBQ beans. In the past, I used a recipe from the Joy of Cooking, but I found that the beans baked in the oven weren't cooked enough or were way too mushy.
I stumbled across a recipe at Cooking Light's website for stovetop "baked beans." And of course I had to tweak it a bit. I like really tender beans (just shy of mush), so I decided to use the slow cooker. The results were tender and sweet.
2 slices bacon, chopped
1 tablespoon of butter
1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup of ketchup
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup of maple syrup
2 tablespoons of Worchesshire sauce
2 teaspoons of Liquid Smoke
2 teaspoons of prepared yellow mustard
1 (16 oz.) can of red beans, drained
1 (16 oz.) can of Great Northern Beans, drained
Combine all the ingredients in the slow cooker. Cook on low for about 5 hours.
Unfortunately there isn't a photo of the finished product (maybe it was the heat... or the adult beverages), but I forgot to take a final picture.