1. Sweet and Spicy Baked Beans
Sweet and Spicy Baked Beans

Sweet and Spicy Baked Beans

  • Contributed by Christina Nease of Celebrations at Home

     

    I am a compensated 3M-sponsored blogger. Opinions are my own and additional products used in the project were selected by me.

    Sweet and Spicy baked beans are on my short list of go-to recipes when I need a pot luck dish for entertaining. I’ve partnered with Scotch-Brite Brand to bring you recipes, tips for entertaining, and clean up over the next few months, and what could be messier to clean up than a crock full of baked-on residue?

  • Sweet and Spicy Baked Beans

    Ingredients:

    • ½ pound hot sausage

    • 1 large onion, chopped

    • 2 – 15 oz. cans pork and beans, undrained

    • 1 – 15 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed

    • ½ cup hickory smoked barbecue sauce

    • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed

    • 1/3 cup ketchup

    • ¼ cup coarse grain mustard

    • ¼ cup molasses

    • 2 teaspoons chili powder

    • 4-6 slices center cut bacon

  • 1.

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees

  • 2.

    Crumble and cook sausage and chopped onion in a skillet until cooked through. Drain and dab with paper towel if desired.

  • 3.

    Place all ingredients, except bacon, in a 2 1/2 or 3 quart baking dish. Stir to combine well.

  • 4.

    Lay bacon across the top. For a single layer use 4 strips, for a basket weave pattern {like a pie crust} use 6 strips placing 3 on bottom layer, and 3 on top layer.

  • 5.

    Bake uncovered for 2 hours or until desired thickness. About 8 servings.

  • 6.

    Unfortunately I didn’t take a photo before popping this in the oven, but I layered the bacon on top in a basket weave pattern. It’s hard to see clearly in the finished product but it still adds a special touch to the presentation.

Cleaning Up
  • Cleaning Up

    You’re probably aware how baked beans can leave a baked-on mess in your dish, right? I’ve been using Scotch-Brite Brand scrub sponges for years in my kitchen, and their Extreme Scrub Sponge cleaned it up in a flash. It’s treated to resist bacterial odors, and has 4x the scrubbing power than the next leading brand at removing tough baked-on messes allowing us to clean easier and avoid smelly sponges. I love that I can run it through the dishwasher time and time again to clean it, too.

    To make overall cleanup easy, I line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place the baking dish on it to bake. This way the bacon drippings or any bubbling over that might occur will be caught on the foil. It also makes it easier to transfer the baking dish to and from the oven.

    Once it’s time to clean the baking crock, I wet the dish with hot sudsy water and use the scrub side of the sponge to remove the stubborn, stuck-on areas. Clean-up made easy!

    This post has been adapted by Celebrations at Home from the original, which you may read on Celebrations At Home Blog

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