Memorial Day Weekend is fast approaching, and many people are planning their family reunion and picnic menus. And what is a family reunion or a picnic without a big pan of delicious spicy baked beans?

Just look at these awesome beans in my beautiful Pioneer Woman baking dish!
Just look at these awesome beans in my beautiful Pioneer Woman baking dish!

Texas Pepper Jelly’s recipe for baked beans is so superior to all other recipes for baked beans that after you try ours, you’ll never go back!

The best baked beans are made from cans of pork and beans – this is not a cop-out; it’s a fact. Oh, you can soak navy beans all night if you want to, but the result isn’t as tasty. My family will back that up. 🙂

Ingredients:

3 cans pork & beans (off-brands work as well as name brands here)
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup ketchup
1/4 cup Craig’s BBQ Sauce
4 strips bacon

What to do:

Dump everything but the bacon in a large baking pan – I always use my beautiful Pioneer Woman dishes – and criss-cross the bacon on top. Bake in a 350 oven for 45 minutes. Remove from oven and stir the bacon into the beans so the flavoring is spread throughout. Let the beans “sit” for about fifteen minutes before serving.

Don’t expect any leftovers, but if by some chance a few people don’t show up and you have a little bit of beans leftover, refrigerate.

Item: The beans are delicious ice cold, but if you’re not as adventurous as I am, just microwave for a minute or two.

I repeat: What’s a Memorial Day reunion or picnic without spicy baked beans?