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Classic Baked Beans


  • 1 large onion, fine dice
  • 1 ham steak (1 lb), fine dice
  • 29 oz. tomato sauce
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup molasses
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 tbsp liquid smoke
  • 4 lbs canned beans (black, pink, navy, etc.)

The sauce should be made ahead of time.

  1. Saute the onion in several tbsp. olive oil until browned
  2. Add ham and brown
  3. Add tomato sauce, brown sugar, molasses, and honey; reduce heat and simmer for at least an hour
  4. Cool the sauce and hold until ready to use

When ready to make the beans, add the sauce, beans, and liquid smoke to a crock pot and simmer on low for 6+ hours before serving.

Written by Jeff Frey on Sunday August 28, 2016
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