We are huge outdoor people in the fall, winter and spring. We don’t enjoy the humidity and the bugs and tend to stay away from them during the hottest months. The weather this year has been weird, so a couple of weekends ago we had a mid-winter uptick in temperatures that resembled an unexpected spring and we took full advantage of it.
We conquered a couple aggressive hikes we have been wanting to take as part of the #52hikechallenge and enjoyed the fresh air. The crazy weather also caused us to go on a wild grilling spree that made my refrigerator explode. Jason loves it as that means his homemade lunches are all grilled and Spencer always has something yummy to eat no matter what time of the day (teenage boy!).
One of the recipes from that weekend was our Homemade Grilled Baked Beans.
Do you remember Sandra Lee from the Food Network? This recipe reminds me of her everytime I make it because is is truly a semi-homemade gem. I can tell you, nobody knows the difference as the flavors meld together so nicely.
Homemade Grilled Baked Beans have been a staple in our house for many years. This recipe has a permanent spot in our home recipe book and we have pretty much stopped trying others.
It’s simple to make but tastes much more complex and it is a proven crowd pleaser. Looking at this recipe, it can be easily classified as a semi-homemade given it is started with a can of baked beans. Let’s just admit that it’s a great base and why not just build on it?
This is going to be one of those low and slow recipes for the grill. You need a good three hours to make the tastes fully come together. Don’t skimp on the time and cheat yourself. You won’t be disappointed!
Go pull some weeds, play games, read a book or watch a movie. Enjoy your time while the beans come to their full flavor. I’ve rushed it before and I regretted it. Just don’t do it.
After we made the recipe this week, Jason brought it in and set it on the counter while Spencer walked in to the kitchen to see what just came off the grill that he could eat (He just finished his first lunch of the day an hour before).
Spencer said “oh my gosh, I didn’t know I liked baked beans this much!” That pretty much says it all in a nutshell. I thought “I’m so glad I hiked so I can enjoy all the yumminess that is going to happen!”
Homemade Grilled Baked Beans
Mix a can of baked beans with chunks of pork, molasses, onions, brown sugar and ketchup together and put in a well greased pan. Top with the chopped bacon and cover with foil. Grill at 250 for 3 hours.
I love a good pour together and mix recipe!
Recipe note: You can easily pop this into your crock pot if you can’t work the grill one day or the weather isn’t in your favor. I’ve done it and it’s fabulous that way as well.
Recipe note: Don’t be afraid of molasses. You don’t “taste” the molasses like you think you will.
Until next time, enjoy!
- 1 16oz can of baked beans with pork
- 1/4 c chopped onions
- 4 tbs of brown sugar
- 1/8-1/4 c molasses
- 1 tbs mustard brown or yellow works depending upon your tastes
- 2 tbs ketchup
- 2-3 slices of bacon chopped
- Mix all the ingredients together and stir.
- Place into a greased pan, cover with foil and place on a heated grill at 250 degrees for 2-3 hours.
- Check every 30 minutes to make sure it doesn't burn or boil over.