Backyard barbecues are a fun way to bring together friends and family during the summer. Last weekend, while my parents were in town visiting, we had my future father-in-law over for a barbecue. There are several side dishes that just go with barbecuing – like potato salad and baked beans. We smoked pork and beef ribs and I made mayo-free potato salad and my dad made his famous baked beans. He has tweaked this recipe over the years and made adjustments when I discovered I had gluten sensitivities. I love his baked beans. They are not overly sweet and have a thick sauce that doesn’t run into other foods on your plate.
Have you ever read the ingredient label on canned baked beans? I was shocked when I discovered many brands use additives such as modified cornflour or corn starch, caramel coloring, dextrose, and soybean oil. While some of these items contain traces of gluten, and don’t contain dairy or eggs, they are still really bad for us.
Many homemade baked bean recipes call for soaking the beans overnight. You can do this, but we have found it’s not a necessity. If you boil the beans for about 40 minutes, you can get the same results as soaking the beans. The important thing is to have the beans cook until they are al dente. You don’t want them to be too mushy because they will continue to bake in the oven.
Homemade baked beans are not hard to make – it just takes several hours to bake. But, the end result is do delicious it’s worth the long cooking time. These beans also travel well and are a great dish to bring to a pot-luck barbecue or summer party.
Author: The Food Allergy Foodie’s Father
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 4 hours
Serves: 6-8 people
3 cups of French Navy beans
9-10 cups of water (enough to cover the beans)
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce“>Worcestershire sauce
2 cups of Ketchup
1/2 cup of Yellow mustard
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup Molasses
1 yellow onion, peeled with the ends cut off
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
3/4 cup of gluten-free beer
1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
1/2 teaspoon of black pepper