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Bodacious Baked Beans for Memorial Day


Is there a picnic that doesn’t include baked beans? Don’t think so. But baked beans don’t have to be boring. Elevate them to new heights with this recipe, which is one of my most requested picnic side dishes. Yes, the ingredients are unusual but I think you’ll love the result.  These are also known as “I’ll take a second helping baked beans.” Yes, they’re that good. You can make these a day ahead and rewarm them.


28-32 oz. can favorite baked beans (you know, the ones with all the seasonings, ready to eat beans)

1 can, 15 oz., regular, plain beans, your choice, drained

1 generous cup favorite barbeque sauce or more

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 medium onion, chopped

1 large Granny Smith apple, chopped but not peeled

5-6 strips bacon, fried and coarsely crumbled


Mix everything together. Pour into sprayed casserole. Bake in 350-degree oven about 40 minutes, until bubbly and no longer real runny. It gets thicker as it cools. Delicious hot, room temperature or cold.


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