BBQ Baked Beans

Are you ready for the long weekend?  Any plans?  I’m hoping for some sunshine so we can play in the yard and dirt. : )  Last weekend we had a fun cowgirl birthday party for our four year old.  I was so grateful for sweet amazing friends who helped celebrate with us and make it an extra fun day.  I made a little BBQ spread fit for cowgirls and boys alike and I just had to include beans on the menu.  My mom always made her baked beans for bbq’s, and while I don’t mind them, they were made from canned pork and beans and I really wanted to make some from dried beans.  So I tried to make my own recipe up and boy were they good!
I think they’d be a great addition to any bbqs you have this weekend, and the great thing is you can make them rain or shine!  If you don’t have oven space, these would work fine in a crock pot as well.
BBQ BAKED BEANS
1 lb pinto beans
8 slices smoked bacon, chopped
8 oz ham, chopped
2 onions, finely chopped (I use smoked onions )*
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup bbq sauce
1 tsp dry mustard
2 tsp salt
Rinse and sort beans, put in a bowl or pot and cover with water by a few inches.
Let soak overnight.  Drain and rinse again.
In a large pot cook the bacon until crisp.  Drain off most the fat.
Add the garlic, onions, and ham.  Saute until fragrant, about 5 minutes.
Add rinsed beans, and 6 cups water.
Cover and simmer for 1 hour, or until beans are soft.
Add remaining ingredients and simmer uncovered for another hour.
Pour into a casserole or 9 by 13 pan and bake at 325 degrees for 2 hours.
We smoke about 6 onions at a time and I put them in a gallon Ziploc in the freezer. That way, whenever I need one, I have some on hand.  If you don’t have smoked onions, you could add 1/4 tsp liquid smoke at the end of cook time.
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