There’s nothing more comforting than a hearty bowl of pork and beans. This classic dish has been a staple in many households for generations, and there are countless variations to choose from. Whether you prefer it sweet or savory, spicy or mild, there’s a pork and beans recipe out there that will satisfy your taste buds. In this article, we’ll be sharing some of the best pork and beans recipes we’ve come across, along with tips and tricks for making them perfectly every time.
Classic Pork and Beans
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
- Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
- Recipe Category: Main Dish
- Recipe Cuisine: American
- Aggregate Rating: 4.5/5
- 1 pound bacon, diced
- 2 pounds pork shoulder, cut into 1-inch cubes
- 1 onion, diced
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 can (28 ounces) baked beans
- 1 can (14 ounces) kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 can (14 ounces) pinto beans, drained and rinsed
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 1/2 cup molasses
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon mustard powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- Preheat oven to 325°F.
- In a large Dutch oven or oven-safe pot, cook bacon over medium heat until crispy. Remove bacon with a slotted spoon and set aside on a paper towel-lined plate.
- Add pork shoulder to the pot and cook until browned on all sides. Remove pork with a slotted spoon and set aside with the bacon.
- Add onion and garlic to the pot and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
- Add baked beans, kidney beans, pinto beans, ketchup, molasses, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard powder, salt, and pepper to the pot. Stir to combine.
- Add bacon and pork back to the pot and stir to combine.
- Cover and bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour 30 minutes, or until pork is tender.
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- Q: Can I use a different cut of pork for this recipe?
- A: Yes, you can use pork loin or pork chops instead of pork shoulder if you prefer.
- Q: Can I make this recipe in a slow cooker?
- A: Yes, you can cook this recipe on low in a slow cooker for 6-8 hours.
- Q: Can I freeze leftovers?
- A: Yes, this recipe freezes well. Allow it to cool completely before transferring to a freezer-safe container.
If you’re short on time, you can skip the bacon and brown the pork in a little bit of oil instead. You can also use canned pork and beans instead of baking your own.
For a smokier flavor, try adding a few drops of liquid smoke to the recipe.
If you like your pork and beans extra spicy, add some diced jalapenos or a few dashes of hot sauce.