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Janet McCormick: Pineapple baked beans blend of sweet and smoky flavor

July 29, 2018 GMT

There’s baked beans and then there’s pineapple baked beans. At first glance you wouldn’t think there’s nothing special to see. But deep in the depths of this baked bowl of deliciousness are golden chunks of pineapple. Baked beans are well known for their sweet flavor along with the contrast of a hint of smokiness.

We are almost to a new month, and as August makes is wave into calendar we know we’re nearing the end to summer. I wanted to squeeze in one last summer back yard grilling side dish that has a sweet and summery twist. I had this dish years ago for the first time and I’m just now getting around to making it myself. With each chunk your mouth chomps down on, a burst of almost candy sweet infusion causes a beautiful party in your mouth. I am excited to have this recipe as my new favorite baked bean recipe to pass on to all my family. It’s delicious.

I am not super sad to see the transition into fall because 1) fall is my absolute favorite food season, and 2) I am sort of anxious to get back into a routine. Well, that’s what I’m supposed to say. If someone asked me to go on another vacation, I’d probably drop everything and hop on the first plane.

Maybe it’s the colder, darker fall days driving me back into a more consistent work mode, or maybe it’s just that, as a former teacher to my boys, the school calendar is forever ingrained into my view of the world. I look at September as a time to trade spontaneous back yard parties and the endless hot days for some resemblance of organization combined with responsible eating again. Although I’ve been fairly good with my eating habits, when we near the end to summer months meal prep is welcome back into our lives.

Either way, here is the last of my summer favorite recipes. Save it, memorize it, tuck it in your back pocket. And then go bean crazy on a Monday night, I dare you.

Sweet and Smokey

pineapple baked beans

1/2 pound bacon strips

1 large onion chopped

3 cans pork and beans

1 can drained crushed pineapple

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup ketchup

1/4 cup mustard

In a large baking dish, combine all the ingredients and bake in an oven at 400 degrees for 30 minutes. Serve and enjoy.