BOURBON & DR PEPPER BAKED BEANS – Grilling season is upon us, and few side dishes are as essential to a summer picnic as baked beans. These Dr Pepper Baked Beans have been a family favorite for years!
I came up with this recipe after having made some bourbon baked beans and seeing a recipe for cola baked beans, and I thought: Why not combine the two?
BOURBON & DR PEPPER BAKED BEANS
— 1/2 cup brown sugar
— 1 tablespoon ground paprika
— 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
— 1 teaspoon dry mustard
— 1 (12 fl oz) can caffeinated pepper-type soda (such as Dr Pepper(R))
— 3/4 cup ketchup
— 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
— 8 slices bacon
— 1 clove garlic, minced
— 1 large onion, finely chopped
— 1/4 cup bourbon
— 2 (16 ounce (ca. 605 g)) cans baked beans with pork
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Mix brown sugar, paprika, mustard, and cayenne pepper together in a bowl. Whisk in pepper soda, ketchup, and Worcestershire sauce until brown sugar is dissolved.
Cut 4 slices of bacon into small strips. Cook and stir in a large Dutch oven over medium heat until almost crispy, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl, reserving bacon grease.
Stir onion into the bacon grease in the Dutch oven; cook and stir until soft, 3 to 5 minutes. Add garlic; cook and stir for 1 minute. Pour in bourbon, stirring to scrape up browned bits off the bottom with a wooden spoon. Stir bacon strips back in.
Pour brown sugar mixture and baked beans into the Dutch oven. Simmer until beans are heated through, about 15 minutes. Arrange the remaining 4 slices of bacon on top of the beans.
Bake in the preheated oven, covered, until beans are bubbly and sauce is syrupy, about 3 hours.
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