Root Beer Baked Beans
I always doctor my baked beans before serving and this recipe calling for a favorite soda pop is a favorite. You must try these Root Beer Baked Beans; they are amazing!
Memorial Day was pretty low key here; I wanted more than anything to get in some gardening time after meeting a friend for coffee in the morning. Still, I thought I would wheel out the smoker and make this recipe for Smoked Chicken with Chipotle, Peach and Bourbon Barbecue Sauce and see who on the street was game for gathering for a meal.
As it turns out, one family had already started dinner so it would just be my neighbors across the street. When Amy asked what she could bring, I told her I had it covered; I was also making these baked beans and a fresh veggie. She laughed and asked, ‘What do you do with beans other than open the can and heat them?’ Well, not a lot really but enough to make all the difference in the world!
I saw these beans shared by Fake Ginger in a Facebook group I’m in. As it turns out there are myriad variations but all have one important ingredient in common and that’s the use of Root Beer. I had to chuckle when I saw a version from Bon Appetit. It called for Artisanal Root Beer. What? No. No way.
Years of curb service and driv- thrus and nothing has changed my love for A&W Root Beer; not even the fact that it is now married to KFC. Much like cocktail making I also felt that nuances of the super pricey stuff would just get lost when mixing with a lot of ingredients so can any notion of artisanal and instead grab a couple of bottles of A&W. One for cooking, another for drinking!
I stayed pretty close to the original recipe but a few ingredients were calling my name that I had to add. Some garlic is sauteed with the onions; how could that be bad right? I also added a bit of whole grain mustard just because I love the stuff and I thought we were good to go.
After all was said and done and the beans were cooked, I could not help myself, I missed molasses so there’s a touch of it in there too. Still, the root beer plays a big part; while sweet it also has that bit of a bite and the end result were some pretty perfect baked beans.
So perfect that my neighbor Amy of the ‘just open a can’ camp couldn’t get enough. Now that is a successful barbecue, wouldn’t you agree?
Food Network’s #SummerSoiree
After a short break the Food Network group is back and has now switched to summer dishes and this one is my contribution for the first of our #SummerSoiree offerings. Today’s theme is anything portable. These beans are that…even though they have some meat in them, it’s cured and cooked bacon so no worries about spoiling so they would make a great addition to a picnic in the park. I like them hot and I like them room temp but cold? Not so much. So warm them and take them in a covered casserole wrapped in a towel and they should be a great temp to serve wherever you are!
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Root Beer Baked Beans
- 6 bacon slices
- 1 large onion diced
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 4 16-ounce cans pork and beans
- 1 cup root beer not diet
- ½ cup hickory-smoked barbecue sauce I didn't have hickory smoked sauce so just added about a half teaspoon of liquid smoke to the dish
- 1 tsp dry mustard
- 1 tsp whole grain mustard
- ½ cup molasses
- ½ teaspoon hot sauce
- Cook bacon in a skillet over medium heat until crisp; remove and drain on paper towels, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings in skillet. Crumble bacon.
- Sauté diced onion in hot bacon drippings in skillet over high heat 5 minutes or until tender; add minced garlic and cook for another minute. Stir together onion, garlic, crumbled bacon, beans, and remaining ingredients.
- Cook on low heat on stovetop for 50 minutes until thickened (or bake in oven at 400% for same amount of time).
I saw the photos online and instantly wondered how long it would take to cook those beans and then I arrived to find they’re from a can. I’m in love with this recipe!
I’ve never been a big user of dried beans…starting with already cooked and seasoned canned beans and then upping the ingredients works too well for that nonsense. 🙂
Artisinal root beer? In baked beans? Yeah… I have to laugh too! I have never heard of root beer in baked beans but I’m curious now. thanks!
I’ve been looking for a side to make at all the upcoming BBQ’s – this sounds perfect!
What a cool recipe, I just made baked beans too, but I love your “secret” ingredient! Bet it adds tons of flavor!
It does…subtle and yet so good. Just loved them.
I love jazzing up canned baked beans with flavorful stuff! Never tried root beer, though — really like the idea. Sounds delish. And fun. 😉 Thanks!
It was a leap of faith John but we just loved them; they don’t taste like Root Beer; they just taste so doggone good!