Happy Birthday to our wonderful country.

Celebrate our freedom, and have fun today!

Happy 4th of July America!We are going to grill today. Hamburgers, hot dogs, and all the trimmings. We are also having some baked beans, marshmallow fruit salad, and deviled eggs.

Typical 4th menu!

I thought I would share my recipe for baked beans with you today!

They are made with canned beans, and lots of dark brown sugar, and ketchup.

This is a photo of my favorite crock that I always use for the beans.

Crock for baked bean recipe!It reminds me of an old candy from years ago, they were called “Boston Baked Beans”.  The photo on the candy box was beans in a crock.  I can’t remember the candy, just the box.

I found this photo of the box on line.  I guess you can still buy them at some specialty candy stores.

Boston Baked Bean Theater Box - 4.75 oz

My beans are simple to make, just canned beans, dark brown sugar, ketchup, onions, and some bacon slices for the top.  That’s it!

Recipe for baked beans!1 large can of pork and beans (the can that I use to fill my crock is 53 ounces)

2 cups of dark brown sugar (or more)

1 cup of ketchup

1/4 cup of diced onions (optional)

3 slices of bacon

Before pouring beans into the crock, drain off most of the liquid, since we are going to replace with the ketchup.  I do not like really runny beans!  Some folks make them and they are more like bean soup. Yuk!

Add ketchup, dark brown sugar, onions, and mix together.

Top with 3 slices of bacon, I usually cut in half with my kitchen scissors.

Recipe for baked beans!Cover and bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees. Remove cover and bake another 30 minutes.

Recipes are works in progress, depending on your taste, if you like more brown sugar, add more, try it!

I have made these for years and I judge the amount of sugar by the color of the beans when adding the sugar.Recipe for baked beans!There’s lots of summer left, give these a try!

Enjoy the fireworks, and have a spectacular 4th.

See ya!

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