Root Beer Baked Beans

This recipe is great for beginners and or more seasoned chefs. Stick to the main ingredients, and you’re destined for a great dish. If you’d like to try something a bit more advanced, try mixing in ingredients ground beef or chicken for more of a full course meal. One reviewer said, “The only thing I did different was add a pound of ground beef and doubled the sauce. My family loved this recipe. It was wonderful!”

With a short prep time of about 17 minutes, you can sit back and relax while it bakes for about 55 minutes. This recipe serves four and makes a great side dish for burgers and hotdogs.

3 bacon slices
1 small onion, diced
2 (16-ounce) cans pork and beans
1/2 cup root beer (not diet)
1/4 cup hickory-smoked barbecue sauce
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/8 teaspoon hot sauce

Cook bacon in a skillet over medium heat until crisp; remove and drain on paper towels, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings in skillet. Crumble bacon.
Sauté diced onion in hot bacon drippings in skillet over high heat 5 minutes or until tender. Stir together onion, crumbled bacon, beans, and remaining ingredients in a lightly greased 1-quart baking dish.
Bake beans, uncovered, at 400° for 55 minutes or until sauce is thickened.