What Kind of Beans Can I use for Homemade Baked Beans?
Can I use canned beans to make homemade baked beans?
Yes, I have heard of people using one can of beans to give the beans a little variety. If you want to use just canned beans, you will skip the first part of this recipe. The recipe directions have you cook the dry beans first and then add all the other ingredients and cook them a second time. If you use canned beans just skip the first cook and start with adding all your ingredients together.
What Ingredients do I need to Make Homemade Baked Beans?
- Great Northern Beans (or any dry beans you have on hand)
- barbecue sauce
- brown sugar
- white vinegar
Tips for Making Baked Beans in a Pressure Cooker
We will have two different cooking processes. The first one is to cook the beans. The second is to cook everything together. If you are using canned beans, be sure to rinse them off first and the start the recipe at the bacon cooking step.
To make these beans vegetarian and vegan, go ahead and skip the bacon. You could add a little liquid smoke to give it that smokey flavor that you get from using bacon. If you like things a little spicy you could add some jalapeno with the onion. If you prefer a sweeter baked bean recipe you could add a little crushed pineapple. Its easy to adjust this recipe to make it your own.
What recipes can I serve baked beans with?
Baked beans are perfect when served with hamburgers or ribs! I love grilling hotdogs and covering them with these baked beans, it is one of those summer recipes I look forward to every year.
I also love to pair my baked beans with spicy homemade pickles! They add a great spicy, sweet combo that I enjoy!
Instant Pot Baked Beans are delicious and an easy recipe to make using a pressure cooker. This no-soak method is the perfect barbecue side dish and so much better than the canned version. You just need a few ingredients including bacon, onion, vinegar, molasses, brown sugar, ketchup and beans! You can omit the bacon for a vegetarian/vegan recipe version.
- 1 lb dry Great Northern Beans
- 8 cups water
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 8 slices raw bacon cut into small pieces
- 1 small onion chopped
- 2/3 cup barbecue sauce
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup white vinegar
- 2 tablespoons molasses
Add beans, 8 cups of water and salt to the inner pot of the pressure cooker. Place the lid on the pressure cooker and seal shut. Make sure that the pressure valve is set to closed. Set the pressure cooker to manual, high pressure for 25 minutes. When cooking cycle is complete, carefully naturally release the pressure. Open the pressure cooker and drain the beans. Set aside.
Add bacon and onion to the pot and turn pressure cooker on to the saute mode. Cook until the bacon is done. Turn off the pressure cooker and drain greese. In the same pot stir in the barbecue sauce, ketchup, brown sugar, water, vinegar and molasses. Mix well.
Return the beans to the pot and stir. Place the lid on the pressure cooker and seal shut. Close the pressure release valve. Set the instant pot to manual, low pressure for 15 minutes. When cooking cycle is complete, naturally release the pressure.
Carefully open the pressure cooker, and serve immediately.