We recently had our first annual neighborhood block party. It was an absolute blast! The ladies who organized the event thought of absolutely everything. There was a bean bag toss tournament for adults (lesson learned: I am a terrible bean bag tosser). There was a cake walk for the children…well…cookie walk anyway (and my 4 year old won a round – he was thrilled!) There was face painting and someone called the ice cream truck to stop by. And then the fire department stopped by with a demonstration and even let the kids use the fire hose. It was amazing.
And then there was the food. Of course there were burgers & hot dogs and a pot luck dish to share. So it was the perfect time to give a new bean recipe a try! These beans were super delicious; I mean a cup of bourbon? Come on – they have to be great! These beans are also perfect for those people who don’t like spicy beans. These were definitely on the sweeter side, but with an amazing depth of flavor that was a huge crowd pleaser!
*For spicier beans, use a spicy BBQ sauce or add in a minced chipotle pepper!
Crockpot Bacon Bourbon Baked Beans
Adapted (slightly) from How Sweet Eats
1 lb dry navy beans
1 lb thick cut bacon, cut into pieces
1 medium onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
2 cups water
¾ cup BBQ sauce
1 cup brown sugar, loosely packed
¼ cup ketchup
2 tbsp molasses
1 cup bourbon
1 ½ tbsp vinegar
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce