Bourbon & Brown Sugar Baked Beans

A couple of weeks ago a reader requested a baked beans recipe. Here is one that my family loves.

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs navy beans, canned, drained
  • 1 lb bacon, diced
  • 2 medium white onions, diced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 20 oz water
  • 1/2 cup your favorite bourbon
  • 1/2 cup cola
  • 1 box dark brown sugar
  • 4 Tbsp ketchup
  • 4 Tbsp BBQ sauce
  • 6 Tbsp molasses
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 3 Tbsp Sriracha

Baked Beans

  • Take the beans and cook them in a pot on simmer until tender for about 45 minutes.
  • Drain the beans and set aside.

white beans

  • In a heavy bottomed pot cook the bacon until crispy.

Bacon cooking

  • Add the diced onions and peppers and sauté until soft.
  • Add the beans, water, bourbon, coke, brown sugar, ketchup, BBQ sauce, molasses, tomato paste, Sriracha
  • Bring everything to a low boil for about an hour stirring frequently and then simmer for 2 hours.
  • Turn the heat off and let it sit on the stove for about 2 hours to cool, then refrigerate overnight

Beans

Now here is the cheat, transfer the beans to a crock pot on high and heat for another 4 hours and then they will be ready to enjoy!

Stuffed French Toast with Bourbon Mayple Syrup

For a lazy Sunday, stuffed French toast is a great way to enjoy a brunch. Normally I use my wife’s homemade bread, but she has been busy with school and had not had a chance to make bread.

Ingredients:

  • 4 slices whole wheat bread
  • Cream cheese softened
  • 4 eggs
  • 1.5 cups half and half cream
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 cup Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal (for crunch)
  • 4 oz maple syrup
  • 1 oz bourbon
  • 1 tbsp butter (for cooking)

Steps:

  • Warm the maple syrup.
  • Mix the maple syrup and bourbon together and set aside.
  • Spread the cream cheese on the wheat bread
  • Put the covered slices together like you were making a sandwich
    • Set aside

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  • Cinnamon Toast Crunch (One of my favorite cereals)
    • Crush and put onto a plate
  • This would be a good time to place the cast-iron pan on the stove and heat to medium.
  • Beat the eggs with the half and half until thoroughly mixed
  • Add to the egg mixture the cinnamon and sugar
    • Set aside
  • Take the sandwich you made with the cream cheese and bread and dip it into the egg mixture. Make sure to coat both sides with the egg mixture.
  • Take the egg covered bread and place it in the crushed mixture of the cereal. Make sure to completely coat the bread with the cereal.

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  • In the preheated pan, add the butter and coat the bottom of the pan.
  • Place the covered sandwiches in the pan.
  • Cook until golden brown, then flip over and cook on the other side until golden brown.

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  • Slice and serve with the warmed bourbon maple syrup.

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Enjoy with a nice cup of coffee.