Written by: Bryan
Beans, beans the magical fruit, the more you eat the more you… Well, you get the picture.
Baked beans are one of my favorite things to eat. They are the perfect addition to any breakfast or make for a great late-night snack. They remind me of fishing trips with my dad and of the first time I moved out and could only afford dented cans of beans. After getting married, Melissa introduced me to bean pizza which is basically beans on toast with a bit of mustard on top…. Yummy!! Well, as you can see, I Love my baked beans and thought I’d try my hand at making my own. Here is the recipe I came up with which is a mix of ideas I found online and my own additions. Feel free to add, remove and adjust ingredients to customize it to your liking. Mine turned out great and I hope yours do to. Enjoy!!
- 2 cups navy beans (soaked for 8 hours)
- Bacon ends – I bought a big bag for 5 bucks at our local butchers and put a good two handfuls in….. I mean common it’s bacon!
- 1 large onion diced
- 2.5 cups of water or broth for extra flavour. (I used beef broth for extra flavor)
- 1/2 cup of ketchup
- 1/2 cup of molasses
- 1/4 cup of mustard
- Brown sugar (optional, I like my beans on the sweeter side so I opted for about 1/2 cup)
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Corn starch (as needed)
1- Rinse beans in a strainer and remove any debris. Soak beans in room temp water overnight for approximately 8 hours
2- Drain and rinse the beans
3- Sauté the bacon ends till nice and crisp. Remove bacon ends to a plate lined with paper towel and set aside for later
4- Sautéed the onions in the bacon fat till translucent. (one said it was going to be healthy)
5- Add 2 1/2 cup of beef broth while scrapping up the brown bits on the bottom (extra flavour)
6- Add molasses, brown sugar, ketchup and mustard.
7- Add beans and stir ingredients till well mixed.
8- Add salt and pepper (I like to go a little heavy on the pepper)
9- Select high pressure and 35 minutes cook time. When you hear the magical beeping noise, turn the Instant Pot off and wait 10 minutes. After ten minutes are up use the quick release to get rid of all the pressure.
10- Check a few beans to make sure they are tender enough for your liking, if not, pressure cook for a few minutes longer.
11- Add cooked bacon ends and a bit of corn starch (less is more in this situation) and let simmer till desired consistency is achieved.
Grab a bowl full and enjoy!