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Test Kitchen Approved

Slow Cooker Bourbon BBQ Beans

Recipe By Abbey Cochran, Savory Spice—South End/Charlotte, NC

Recipe By Abbey Cochran, Savory Spice—South End/Charlotte, NC

The slow cooker does all the work for these flavorful baked beans. Season them to fit any regional barbecue spread by choosing a different style of BBQ rub each time you make them.

Recipe Notes

Recipe adapted from the How Sweet It Is blog’s Crockpot Bacon Bourbon Baked Beans recipe.*Replace Smoked Spanish Sweet Paprika with Smoked Spanish Hot Paprika to add even more heat.

Ingredients

4 (15 oz.) cans white beans

7 slices thick-cut bacon

1 medium yellow onion, diced

4 cloves garlic, minced

2 cups chicken broth or stock

1 cup bourbon

1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar

1/2 cup ketchup

1/4 cup yellow mustard

1/4 cup molasses

2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar


2 tsp. hot sauce

2 Tbsp. cornstarch



2 Tbsp. BBQ rub of choice:






Savory Spice ingredients in this recipe

Directions

Drain and rinse beans and set aside. Slice bacon into strips and cook in a skillet over medium-high heat until crispy. Transfer bacon to a paper towel-lined plate. Drain all but 3 Tbsp. bacon grease from the skillet. Cook onion and garlic in bacon grease over medium heat until soft, 5 to 7 min. Meanwhile, add remaining ingredients except beans to the slow cooker. Whisk everything together then add beans, bacon, and onion-garlic mixture. Stir to combine, cover, and cook on low for 8 hours. After 8 hours, mixture will be soupy; turn the heat off but keep slow cooker covered for 30 min. to 2 hours to thicken beans before serving.