I've Bean to Heaven

About 30 years ago, I decided to “Doctor up” some comercial beans to make them suit my taste. I’ve given away dozens of copies of this recipe since.


2 slices thick bacon, diced
1 medium onion, diced
5 3-ounce cans Van Camps pork and beans, drained
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon liquid smoke
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder


In a medium saucepan, cook bacon pieces until they just begin to brown. Retain grease, and add onion; saute until tender.

Add all other ingredients. Bring to slow boil and simmer for at least 30 minutes. Stir occasionally. Do not serve hot! Let beans cool for an hour before serving.

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6 to 8 servings

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