Mickie's Baked Beans
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1/2 lb. can - Bush's Baked Beans (w/ Real Onions)
1 lb. can - Bush's Baked Beans (original flavor)
1/2 jar - Hormel's Bacon Bits
One tablespoon - Mustard
1/2 cup - Grandma's Molasses
- Black Pepper, sprinkled liberally
1 - Red Pepper, chopped up fine
Drain your cans of Bush's baked beans of all the juice they are packed in. (This is a very important step!!)
Then, pour out the beans into a deep 10x13 or similar size baking dish, stirring to mix the plain/onion-flavor beans together.
Chop up a whole red pepper into small pieces, and mix this in. Add the tablespoon of mustard (your preference, Gulden's spicy brown or ordinary yellow, or whatever brand you like-- all work equally well). Add the bacon bits, stir in the molasses, and sprinkle with pepper. Stir all ingredients until nicely mixed.
Cook the beans for 1 hour in a pre-heated, 325 degree oven.
You will love the sweet flavor of these beans. This was my mother-in-law's recipe.
If you prefer more onions in your beans, or just want to have more to serve, another 1/2 lb. can of Bush's real onion-flavored baked beans can be added without adjusting any of the other ingredients. A nice touch is to add a few strips of bacon across the top, but I personally get all the bacon flavor I need from the bacon bits.
I don't use any other brand of molasses but Grandma's. It's the one with the yellow label and lid. Any other molasses I've used with the recipe just doesn't taste as good.