Tennessee Baked Beans
Tonight I'm entertaining a special guest to our city, a retired Navy SEAL with 23 years service, along with several years with the FBI. In that this is his first visit to Jackson TN, we are rolling out the red carpet. It began with an early morning meeting with our Mayor and concludes with a late supper with friends. Our friends at Cajun Cookers are preparing the pit smoked barbecue and all the trimmings - potato salad, cole slaw, and Tennessee baked beans - a mixture of all things delicious!
2 (16 -18 ounce) cans baked beans3/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/3 cup Stoll Sorghum (or maple syrup)
2 teaspoons yellow mustard
1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
2/3 cup ketchup
1 large yellow onion, diced
1/2 green bell pepper, diced
8 slices Tripp or Benton Bacon, chopped
1/4 cup Coca Cola
1/4 cup Jack Daniel’s Whiskey
1 tablespoon cornstarch
Greased skillet or casserole
Cook bacon in skillet for about 5 minutes over medium/ low heat – don’t crisp bacon. Remove bacon and set aside, add onions and pepper to skillet and cook in bacon drippings for 10 minutes over medium heat. In a bowl mix the remaining ingredients. Drain bacon, onion and pepper and add to bean mixture. Mix well and pour into skillet or casserole. Bake at 320 degrees for 2-½ hours or until beans are bubbly and sauce is the consistency of thick pancake syrup. Let stand to thicken slightly and serve.