Baked Beans: Mom’s Secret Recipe

It’s no secret that my mother, a supporter of my blogging and the very source for my culinary curiosity, does not read my blog. Don’t get the impression that she and I aren’t that close, either… we talk on the phone AT LEAST once a day.  Not texting, talking.  Not many people can say that about their parents, and I am very thankful I have her.  Plus, until she gets around to finally sittin’ down for longer than a few minutes and readin’ them all (my mom is very Southern), I get to use this to talk about her.

Including, giving up her most-prized baked beans recipe.  

Listen, I don’t recall promising to never tell the whole world this recipe, so I plan to share it.  Here’s the odd thing about this recipe (well, one of two odd things… I’ll get to that):  my mom is the most giving, sharing person in the world, but would never tell ANYONE this recipe.  When anyone at her church or work would go crazy over this recipe, and ask her what her secret was, she would smile and just reply with thank you, it’s a family secret.  I have never heard my mom even say the word secret unless she was talking about this recipe.  She didn’t even tell me, her own daughter, until just a couple of years ago.  When we would cook at my family’s house and the plan was to make baked beans, she would always have to be the one to make them, and would, not surprisingly, need something out of the depths of the garage that the most advanced Tetris player would struggle with removing.

Here’s the other oddity, which is way more annoying than the secret itself:  once I was finally let in on this secret, it was the easiest, most obnoxious recipe ever.  it’s 4 ingredients.  Come on, seriously?!  I was shocked.  I felt cheated.  I would be so mad if my mouth wasn’t full of sweet, syrupy spoonfuls of bean heaven.

This is perfect for my staff holiday pot-luck this week 🙂  I made it on the stove, and transferred to a slow cooker to keep warm.  I highly recommend it for any gathering!

Of course, my mom is the typical Southern cook, who doesn’t measure… “some of this,”  “a little of that,”  a tiny bit of this,” a whole lotta that.”  The hardest part was playing around with the measurements, but I was happy to taste-test 🙂

Enjoy!


Materials:

  • pot/sauce pan
  • spoon
  • measuring spoons

Ingredients:

  • 1 (large) can of homestyle baked beans (Mom only uses Bush’s)
  • 1/4 c brown sugar
  • 3 tsp ketchup
  • 1 tsp mustard

Directions:

  1. Heat beans over medium heat until just starting to bubble. FullSizeRender_3
  2. Add brown sugar, ketchup, and mustard to beans.  FullSizeRender_2  Stir until well combined.
  3. Cook over medium heat for about 3-5 minutes.FullSizeRender_1
  4. Serve with a slotted spoon.  Enjoy!FullSizeRender


Baked Beans: Mom's Secret Recipe

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Time: 10 min
  • Difficulty: easy
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Materials:

  • pot/sauce pan
  • spoon
  • measuring spoons

Ingredients:

  • 1 (large) can of homestyle baked beans (Mom only uses Bush’s), slightly drained (include about half the liquid in the can)
  • 1/4 c brown sugar
  • 3 tsp ketchup
  • 1 tsp mustard

Directions:

  1. Heat beans and half the liquid over medium heat.
  2. Add brown sugar, ketchup, and mustard to beans.  Stir until well combined.
  3. Cook over medium heat for about 3-5 minutes.
  4. Enjoy!

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