Sweet and Spicy Bourbon Baked Beans

Homemade Baked Beans
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  • 3 hrs 20 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins,
  • Cook: 3 hrs
  • Yield: 8-10 Portions (8-10 Servings)

Deliciously sweetened with brown sugar, molasses, and honey, these baked beans have a nice kick with the addition of chipotle peppers and Bourbon whiskey.

The secret to good baked beans is slow cooking! After 3 hours in a low-temperature oven, these beans are thick and rich! If you don't have that kind of time, just kick up the temperature and bake for only an hour. Still good.

What You'll Need

  • 1 28-ounce can of beans (northern or pinto)
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons chipotle (pureed or minced)
  • 1 tablespoon paprika (preferably smoked)
  • 1/2 cup corn kernels
  • 1/2 cup onion (finely diced)
  • 2 strips of bacon (raw and cut into 2-inch pieces)
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon (such as Jim Beam)

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 275 F.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the ketchup, brown sugar, maple syrup, honey, molasses, Worcestershire, chipotle and paprika.
  3. Add the beans, corn, onion, bacon, and bourbon and mix well. Transfer to a baking dish and cover.​
  4. Place in oven and bake for 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Remove cover last 1/2 hour to allow beans to thicken and caramelize a bit on top. Stir well before serving.

Note: You can speed up the cooking process by turning the oven up to 350 F and baking for only an hour.

Still good but not quite as rich.