|Coca Cola Baked Beans and Red, White, & Blue Potato Salad|
|Coca Cola Molasses Baked Beans|
For the Coca Cola Molasses:
5C Classic Coca Cola
1t Corn Starch
For the Baked Beans:
8 Slices of Thick Peppered Bacon, Halved
1 Medium Onion, Chopped
½ Roasted Red Pepper, Chopped
3 16oz Cans of Pork & Beans
1C Prepared Coca Cola Molasses
2T Brown Sugar (plus a little extra for sprinkling)
2t Apple Cider Vinegar
2T Hot Sauce & Grainy Mustard
½t Paprika, Onion Powder, Cajun Seasoning & Garlic Powder
Salt & Pepper, To Taste
Directions:1. To Make the Coca Cola Molasses: In a large, uncovered saucepan, heat coca-cola medium-high heat until the juice simmers. Reduce heat just enough to maintain a simmer. Simmer for about an hour, or until the juice has a syrupy consistency, and has reduced to 1C. Pour into a bowl and whisk in the cornstarch, and then let cool completely (to thicken it slightly).
2. To Make the Beans: Adjust the oven rack to lower-middle position and heat oven to 325 degrees. Fry the bacon in a large, deep sauté pan until bacon is partially cooked (and it has released about ¼C of the fat drippings). Remove the bacon from the pan and drain on paper towels. Add in the onions and red peppers to drippings and sauté until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the beans, coca cola molasses, and remaining ingredients and bring to a simmer. Pour the flavored beans into a greased 13x9 baking dish. Top with bacon and a sprinkle of brown sugar, and then bake until beans are bubbly and sauce is thick & syrupy, about one hour (depending on your oven). Let stand to thicken slightly.
3. Serve wam.
source: best baked beans.