Before I went gluten-free, I had found a delicious and easy baked beans recipe in one of my church cookbooks. I made it several times, and everyone who tried the beans seemed to love them. I always added more bacon and peppers than the recipe called for, and I think that made them even more delicious. I didn’t have to change much once I went gluten-free, but when I realized that vinegar (specifically distilled vinegar which I discovered later) was a problem, I found that the recipe needed to be tweaked, so I used some of my homemade vinegar-free ingredients as alternatives and just tried different ones altogether if I couldn’t locate an acceptable similar alternative. I was never able to find baked beans that didn’t have vinegar, but Show Boat Pork & Beans were close enough. The recipe still turned out great even with the tweaks. However, when I was at a different store trying to find ingredients to make the beans, I couldn’t find Show Boat Pork & Beans. Of course, the cans of baked beans lining the shelf contained vinegar. I finally decided just to try Bush’s Chili Beans and not even use my other vinegar-free ingredients in the recipe. I would just use the chili beans, the bacon, and the peppers. This version still turned out wonderfully and was so much easier to throw together because I didn’t have to measure out any ingredients. I just cook a full pack of bacon, at least six to eight slices, in a skillet and then set the slices aside when done. I then cook the pepper blend, one or two bags, in the bacon fat. I combine the beans, peppers, and bacon, after crumbling, into a baking dish and place it in the oven. Try this easy recipe for your next cookout!
- 2 cans of Bush's Chili Beans
- 1 pack of bacon, at least six to eight slices
- 1 or 2 small bags of your pepper blend of choice, such as Pictsweet's Seasoning Blend
- Cook all the slices of bacon in a skillet, reserving the fat left over.
- Set the pieces of bacon to the side once cooked.
- Pour in all the pepper blend into the same skillet, using the bacon fat to cook.
- Open the cans of beans into a baking dish.
- Add the pepper blend, after cooking, and bacon, after crumbling, into the dish.
- Stir to combine all ingredients.
- Place the baking dish into a 350-degree oven and bake for 45 minutes.
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