California Central Coast Recipes

Country Cousin Baked Beans

This is the recipe for my family’s restaurant’s ( The Country Cousin) baked beans. Whenever I make them for a gathering, everyone “oohs and ah-hs” and wants my family recipe. Up until now, I never shared it since I wanted to keep it special for my cookbook or other cooking-related endeavor later. Though they look like they take hours to make---and even longer to bake, this is our restaurant’s kitchen secret. When my father-in –law would go on about them, I jokingly would tell him,” this recipe is why your son really married me!”

Many of my friends keep asking for this treasured recipe. Until now, I have put them off. Now is the time to share them with you. It’s such a simple recipe you’ll wonder why you hadn’t thought of it yourself sooner. Basically, if you take a basic recipe for beans from any conventional cookbook such as the “Joy of Cooking”, and “doctor them-up” so to speak you’d have it. –Of course guessing the amount of the right ingredients etc. might be a challenge. So here it is. It’s not Mediterranean –but it’s good! ©2017, Country Cousin Baked Beans
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour and 30 minutes
re-calculate ingredients for:


1 pound Oscar Mayer Lower Sodium Bacon or similar
2 55 ounce large cans B & M Canned Beans Original recipe*
1-1/2 to 2 Cups Dark Brown Sugar , packed
1/2 to 3/4 Cups Cider Vinegar
1 to 1-1/2 Cups Heinz Ketchup
1 Tablespoons Guldens Mustard

Preparation Directions.

1 Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

2 Separate eight slices of bacon and cut them in one inch pieces. Set aside. You may need more or less slices depending on shape of pan.

3 Pour contents of canned beans (juice and all) into a stainless steel bowl, then add Dark Brown Sugar, Cider Vinegar, Ketchup, and Mustard.

4 Mix thoroughly. Remove any chunks of pork that came with beans. Season to taste the sweet-sour ratios taste preference.

5 Pour Bean mixture into a large (17” x 11.5”) Non- reactive Baking Pan.

6 Completely cover top of beans with cut squares of bacon. (You may need to cut more bacon.)

7 Bake at 325 degrees for 1 ½ - 2 hours in oven until top of beans is done and bacon is fairly brown but beans are still liquidy and not too dry.

8 Remove Beans from oven and let sit at least a half hour before serving.

9 *Ideally, use B & M Brand Beans. Other brands don’t work, look or taste quite the same.

10 ** These Beans freeze beautifully. When you reheat them in the Microwave or Stovetop, add a bit of water first to help get them started.

11 Enjoy!

Wine and Food Pairing and Serving Suggestions.

These beans go especially well with grilled chicken or beef.

A tip from Sue!

Use A Pasta Pot for Pasta

If you like pasta and are planning on having it often, I recommend getting a pasta pot.

After trying different sets, the best one I’ve found was the original, least expensive one. It’s a stainless steel pot with separate built-in pasta basket. It also comes with a vegetable steamer. Something like it is available on the Internet for about $40.00. and at several local supermarkets as low as $30.00.

You don’t need to have a real heavy pan---otherwise you’re going to waste all your time heating the pan instead of getting it to boil quickly. Don't worry about hot spots since all you’re going to be doing with it is boiling water.