Sweet Sugar Beans with Bacon

This baked bean dish brings back fond memories of my Aunt Pauline who lived too far away from us to see very often. I don’t have too many memories of her, but I do remember her big old Victorian house (with the scary basement), her quiet, kind demeanor and her baked beans. Sweetened up Great Northern beans and bacon baked in an oven and served up in her sunny kitchen.

I’m not sure if this is her exact recipe since I never got it before she passed away, but I think it’s pretty close. If you like your beans sweet, you’ll enjoy this! All you need are 4 ingredients.

Sweet Sugar Beans with Bacon
1 large can (40.5 oz.) of Great Northern beans
1/2 pound uncooked bacon, cut up
2/3 cup white, granulated sugar
1 teaspoon garlic salt

Stir together the beans (and liquid), bacon pieces, sugar and garlic salt in a bowl until well combined. Pour into a casserole dish, cover with foil or lid, and bake in a 400 degree oven for 1 hour.

— If you can’t find a large can of beans, you can use 2 1/2 regular sized cans (15 oz.?? each).
— I use center cut bacon because it’s leaner, and I usually cut off the parts that are just fat.
— You can do these in the slow cooker as well, but I have not tried that yet to say how long they need to cook. Maybe I’ll try that next time and report back. 🙂