How to make baked beans in a crock pot
Beans are a hearty and healthy alternative to serve with meals. They can be paired up with something as simple as hot dogs or chicken or may be served with steak or pork chops. Instead of buying canned baked beans, you can use this simple recipe to bake beans in your crock pot while you are gone for the day. This recipe is easy to make and you can adapt the spices to suit your individual family needs.
Soaking beans is necessary for cooking. Since beans are sorted by machine, make sure you sort them thoroughly before you begin the soaking process to remove any pebbles or other foreign matter.
To prepare beans, simply sort and rinse and place into the crock pot. Cover with 1/2 gallon of water and allow to soak overnight.
Combine following ingredients
- Tomato paste
- Brown sugar
- Cayenne Pepper
- Black Pepper
- Sea Salt
- 12 ounces of water (1 1/2 cups)
Mix thoroughly and set aside.
Empty beans that have been soaking into a colander. Rinse thoroughly in cold water and double check for small stones or debris. Place into crock pot and pour liquid mixture over the top. Add cubed small pork if used.
Final additions and cooking
Add the remaining water and top with bay leaves. Stir thoroughly. Simmer in crock pot on low heat (if for at least 8 hours) or high (if less than 6 hours). 1 hour prior to being finished you may slice the spanish onion. For best results quarter onion and slice in large pieces into crock pot and mix thoroughly.
If the beans are thinner than you would like, simply add 1 tablespoon masa and allow to simmmer for 30 additional minutes. Remove bay leaves and discard. Serve. Beans store well in the refrigerator and will keep for up to 3 days. Freezing is not recommended.