almost like aunt jackie's baked beans

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By Susan Bickta
from Kutztown, PA

My Aunt Jackie used to make THE BEST baked beans whenever we had a family gathering. She'd actually "doctor" canned baked beans by adding brown sugar, ketchup, molasses, mustard, onion, garlic, and LOADS of bacon. The recipe I developed is actually not like hers because I use the large dried lima beans. BUT, her recipe and it's flavors are my inspiration.

serves 8-10
prep time 30 Min
cook time 3 Hr
method Bake

Ingredients For almost like aunt jackie's baked beans

  • 1 lb
    dried large lima beans, cooked as directed on bag and drained (save the cooking liquid)
  • 1/2 lb
    cooked ham, cut into small dice (or bacon, cooked and crumbled)
  • 1 sm
    onion, finely diced
  • 1 clove
    garlic, peeled, smashed and minced
  • 1 1/4 c
    ketchup
  • 2/3 c
    your favorite barbeque sauce
  • 1 c
    dark corn syrup (or molasses)
  • 3/4 c
    dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tsp
    dried mustard
  • 1 tsp
    liquid smoke flavoring (or to taste)
  • 2
    envelopes ham flavoring
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How To Make almost like aunt jackie's baked beans

  • 1
    Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a large baking dish with no-stick spray. Set aside.
  • 2
    In a large bowl, combine the lima beans, ham (or bacon), onion, garlic, ketchup, barbeque sauce, corn syrup, brown sugar, mustard, liquid smoke and ham flavoring (I use Goya ham concentrate - pictured). Transfer to the prepared baking dish.
  • 3
    Bake for 45-50 minutes or until hot and bubbly. During this step you may have to add some of the reserved cooking liquid so beans don't dry out.
  • 4
    HINT: dried lima beans must be washed and soaked overnight then drain soaking liquid. Add about 5-6 cups fresh water and cook for approximately 2 hours or until beans are soft, adding water as needed. Refer to instructions on bean packaging for further details. Please note: COOK TIME listed includes the 2 hour stove top cooking, prep time and baking time
  • 5
    For extra flavor, lay slices of bacon on top of beans when ready to bake.

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