Quick Southern-Style Baked Beans

Ingredients:
8 slices bacon, halved
1 medium onion, cut into small dice
1/2 medium green pepper, cut into small dice
3 large cans (28 ounces each) pork and beans
3/4 c. barbecue sauce
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. Espresso Balsamic
2 tsp. dry mustard or 2 tablespoons Dijon

Instructions:

Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and heat oven to 325 degrees.

Fry bacon in large, deep sauté pan skillet until bacon has partially cooked and released about 1/4 cup drippings. Remove bacon from pan and drain on paper towels.

Add onions and peppers to drippings in pan and sauté until tender, about 5 minutes.

Add beans and remaining ingredients bring to a simmer. If skillet is not large enough, add beans and heat to a simmer then transfer to a large bowl and stir in remaining ingredients.

Pour flavored beans into a greased 13-by 9-inch (or similar size) ovenproof pan. Top with bacon, then bake until beans are bubbly and sauce is the consistency of pancake syrup, about 2 hours.

Let stand to thicken slightly and serve.

*Recipe from Open House made by Homestyle Deli & Catering, Steinbach

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