These are some of the best baked beans that I've ever tasted...and the secret ingredient is apple butter! In Virginia, apple butter is a big thing in the fall. Since I had a few jars of it left in my pantry, I decided to incorporate the fall tradition into a summer cook-out recipe. The fruity spread just lends a nice, sweet, spiced flavor to the barbecue dish. Subtle and perfect!
The other great thing about these Apple Butter Baked Beans is that they couldn't be easier to throw together. If you can open a jar and stir, you're all set!
This dish is a perfect companion for the hot dogs and hamburgers at your next picnic. The recipe feeds a crowd, so if you're just serving them for Sunday supper, it's easy to cut it in half and bake in an 8-inch or 9-inch square dish instead. Enjoy!
Apple Butter Baked Beans
- 56 oz. can pork and beans
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons mustard
- ½ cup barbecue sauce
- ½ cup chopped onion
- ½ cup chopped bell pepper
- ½ cup bacon bits
- ½ cup apple butter
- Grease 9x13-inch baking dish. Pour all ingredients into dish and stir to combine.
- Bake at 400 degrees for 1 hour.