Sweet & Spicy Bloody Mary Barbecue Baked Beans

These beans were kick-a** good.  How good?  Kick you in your pants, wish Summer would never end so we could keep having barbecues good. 😋😎😏

They were sweet and spicy and yum, yum, yummy!  Just ask any of my friends.  We took them for a party this past weekend.  They take some time, but they are well worth the effort.  No opening boring cans of pork & beans and just dumping in the pot, here. This is how my friends and I did down south.  The only thing that didn't make it in this time was the mustard!  I think I forgot it!

Here's what you'll need:

1 1/2 cups Bloody Mary mix
1/2 cup Mexican beer, just for fun so that you can open the bottle and drink while you're cooking
3 16 oz. cans pork and beans, drained
1 14 - 16 oz. bottle of your favorite barbecue sauce
1 pound bacon, cut into 2" pieces
1 red onion, diced
1 sweet onion, diced
5 cloves of garlic, pressed or minced
6 jalapenos, left whole

Here's how you do it!

Place the 3 cans of drained beans in a pot.  I don't know why they're called Pork & Beans. . . . I didn't see any pork!  That's okay, we're gonna add it a little later.

Add the 1 1/2 cups of Bloody Mary mix and 1/2 cup beer.  Cook over low for about 30 - 40 minutes, until some of the liquid has reduced.

See. . . .. . . some of the liquid is gone. Now all that's left is spicy goodness.

While those beans are absorbing that spicy goodness, go ahead and start cooking your bacon.  I wanted it pretty crisp and much less fatty.  The fat is going to stay in the skillet to cook the onions.  And then it is going to continue to stay in the skillet. . . . . . we just don't need that much bacon grease in our beans!  When you're done cooking the bacon, remove it to a plate with some paper towels to help absorb more of the grease.

This is the barbecue sauce we used this time.  Sometimes I use Jack Daniels.  I was at Aldi though, so I picked this kind up.

The onions are ready to cook in the bacon grease!

When the beans are done reducing, put them in a casserole dish and add the barbecue sauce.  Stir until it's well combined.

Add that yummy bacon!

Add those yummy, bacon-grease cooked onions.  I know . . . .. bacon grease sounds yucky.  Oh, I know. . . . I'm supposed to be calling them drippings or something, right?  Bacon drippings.  .  .  . that doesn't sound right either.  Nevertheless, put those babies in the casserole dish with all of that other sweet, spicy & bacon-y goodness.

Now, press or mince those 5 cloves of garlic and add them into all that other yumminess.

At this point, the only step before you put that baby in the oven is to lay the 6 jajapenos around the edges.  

Bake in an oven that has been preheated to 225 degrees.  Yep, 225 degrees.  We do these low and slow.  Cook for 2 - 3 hours and they're ready.  The longer you cook them, the better. 

And they are SO. Worth. The. Wait.  In fact, you might want to double everything and make a double batch.  Those suckers disappear!
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