Four years ago today I started dating a boy, and I can’t think of any better way to celebrate than by eating cake.

We went to our favorite place to grab some cake in the market in Ottawa, ordered a Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake, grabbed two forks and devoured the slice. I was so into the cake that I begged Paul to not let me lick the plate! My manners go out the window at dessert restaurants. Thank goodness I live in a big city where I know no matter what there are weirder people than me – like the guy who sells popsicle sticks downtown. They’re $2 if you’re interested.

This recipe is obviously not for cake, but it is a recipe that is one of my favorites. It’s one that the boy and I love to have on cool nights, especially with the cooler weather we’ve been having. Hope you enjoy it!

To make this, make sure to add beans to a large pot the night before and cover with water . Drain the next morning.

Bring beans to a boil in a large pot of water, let simmer for 30-40 minutes, then drain.

While beans are cooking, heat a large skillet to medium-low and add onion, cooking for 8-10 minutes, until caramely and soft. Add in garlic, cook for 30 seconds, then turn off heat.

Add water, bourbon, brown sugar, bbq sauce, ketchup, ground mustard, vinegar, molasses and worcestershire sauce to the crockpot and whisk well to combine. Add beans and onions to the crockpot. Cover and cook on low for 10-12 hours, stirring occasionally.

After 10-12 hours, turn crockpot to “warm” setting or turn off completely and let sit anywhere from 30 minutes-2 hours, which will help the sauce for the beans thicken even more. I actually prefer these the next day – so awesome.

Enjoy!

Crockpot Bourbon Baked Beans
Recipe adapted from How Sweet It Is
Serves at least 6-8

Ingredients:
1 pound dry navy beans
1 medium sweet onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
2 cups water
3/4 cup of your favorite barbecue sauce
1 cup loosely packed brown sugar
1/4 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons molasses
1 cup bourbon
1 1/2 tablespoons ground mustard
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce

Directions:
The night before, add beans to a large pot and cover with water. Drain the next morning.

Bring beans to a boil in a large pot of water, let simmer for 30-40 minutes, then drain. While beans are cooking, heat a large skillet to medium-low and add onion, cooking for 8-10 minutes, until caramely and soft. Add in garlic, cook for 30 seconds, then turn off heat.

Add water, bourbon, brown sugar, bbq sauce, ketchup, ground mustard, vinegar, molasses and worcestershire sauce to the crockpot and whisk well to combine. Add beans and onions to the crockpot. Cover and cook on low for 10-12 hours, stirring occasionally. After 10-12 hours, turn crockpot to “warm” setting or turn off completely and let sit anywhere from 30 minutes-2 hours, which will help the sauce for the beans thicken even more. These are awesome the next day!

Note: after 10-12 hours the liquid may still seem “liquidy.” It is important to let the beans sit for a while on the lower setting (or on the off setting, still covered) so they become thick and syrupy like traditional baked beans.

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25 Responses to Crockpot Bourbon Baked Beans

  1. ecavalla says:

    bourbon, beans, and a crock pot- I’m in :)

  2. I’ve never made baked beans from scratch! They absolutely sound like the perfect food for fall–and since they cook all day, the whole house must smell amazing. Must try!

  3. hahaha, I was a bit confused on the beginning. I like the idea of addition of bourbon, it must give a nice flavor.

  4. Tracy says:

    I have recently started eating baked beans, I can’t wait to make them myself!

  5. Tracey says:

    I’ve been totally obsessed with baked beans lately, though I confess mine usually come from a can. This recipe sounds awesome, need to try!

  6. icakepops says:

    These bourbon baked beans look delicious and the color is such a deep rich color. Perfect for Fall!

  7. elviscooks says:

    I am wondering which beans are actually considered navy beans. I have searched the dry bean section in my super market and none seem to be labeled “navy beans”. These beans sound and look awesome and i am anxious to try them.

    • The beans are little and white. Next time you go into your supermarket, ask someone who works there to help you out! Maybe they can find them!

    • Linda says:

      Just look for the small Great Northern white beans if you can’t find the Navy beans. They’re related to each other and just about the exact same. The only real difference to me is that one is white and the other is off white. That’s all.

  8. Kathryn says:

    Making baked beans is definitely on my autumn bucket list. These sound so incredibly delicious!

  9. I adore baked beans although I have never tried to make it myself at home. Your post has inspired me!

  10. elviscooks says:

    How can I print your recipe for the Baked beans with only the recipe and picture?

  11. My husband would enjoy this! I might give it a try this week. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Joanne says:

    Aww happy anniversary to you guys! The triple mousse cake is definitely the way to celebrate. And these baked beans don’t hurt either!

  13. Leslie Durso says:

    Congratulations on your Anniversary! And I’ve always wanted to make baked beans, but never have! You’ve inspired me to try it… at some point :)

  14. jen laceda says:

    I’ve been seeing an increase in crock pot posts lately, so guess what? I borrowed my Mom’s crock pot and I’m searching for interesting recipes in my favourite blogs! I like the idea of this bourbon baked beans. Will definitely keep this in my back pocket!

  15. Monet says:

    We both share anniversaries in October. Ryan and I also started dating…six years ago…and this looks like a delicious way to celebrate. Thank you for sharing! I’m eating breakfast…but I’m already hungry for dinner! I hope you have a great Tuesday!

  16. Sues says:

    Yes, yes love these!! I made a similar recipe over the summer and my husband yelled at me because I used Maker’s Mark Bourbon… Oops :) Delicious, though!

  17. Oh how I love baked beans! These look perfect!!! Happy anniversary!

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