Can you believe it’s almost Memorial Day? The cookout/grilling season is getting ready to kick into high gear. And no cookout should be without baked beans.
One thing I really love to do, as I think a lot of southerners do, is cook with soft drinks. Cokes we call them. In the south we don’t really say soda or pop. Everything is a coke. Except maybe root beer. I’m not sure root beer ever gets called coke.
But root beer is an all together different kind of soft drink and it is actually the only soft drink I don’t like to drink. I’m really not fond of its spicy taste. Which is weird I know since I love spice.
There’s just something about the spice of root beer that is not appealing to me.
I do however like to cook with root beer. I love Root Beer Glazed Chicken and now I have a Root Beer Baked Bean recipe to add to my repertoire.
The spice of root beer works wonderfully as a flavoring for food, lending a little spice and some definite sweetness.
Note: The root beer adds quite a bit of liquid to the beans so you need to cook them uncovered for a long time to get nice and thick.
Sign up HERE for the Spicy Southern Kitchen Newsletter.
- ½ pound ground beef
- 4 bacon slices
- 1 cup diced onion
- 3 (16-ounce) cans pork and beans, undrained
- ¾ cup root beer
- ½ cup hickory-smoked barbecue sauce
- 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon dry mustard
- ⅛ teaspoon ground red pepper
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 2-quart baking dish.
- Brown ground beef in a skillet, breaking it into small pieces with a wooden spoon as it cooks. Drain and set aside.
- Wipe skillet clean and cook bacon until crisp. Set bacon aside and crumble when cool.
- Pour off all but 2 tablespoons of bacon fat. Saute onion in bacon fat until soft, about 5 minutes.
- Mix together all ingredients including crumbled bacon and place in baking dish.
- Bake uncovered for 1 hour 15 minutes.