Maple Baked Beans

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 5 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook: 55 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
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Ingredients

3 slices bacon, diced

1 large Vidalia onion, finely chopped

3 cloves garlic, finely chopped

Pinch red pepper flakes

4 (15-ounce) cans white beans, drained and rinsed

1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes

2 tablespoons light brown sugar

2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves

1 cup porter-style beer

1/2 cup real maple syrup

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

3 dashes hot sauce

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Add bacon to a large Dutch oven over medium heat and cook until fat is rendered and bacon has begun to crisp.
  3. Add onions, garlic, and red pepper flakes and saute until tender, about 4 minutes. Stir in the beans, tomatoes, brown sugar, thyme leaves, beef, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, hot sauce, salt, and pepper and bring to a simmer.
  4. Remove from the stovetop and bake uncovered 45 minutes until the mixture begins to bubble and thicken. Check at 30 minutes and add 1/2 cup water or chicken broth if it looks like it getting too dry.

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