I know that baked beans don’t normally include black beans, but I like their texture and think they make an amazing addition to your typical Baked Beans! It’s a little time consuming, but you’ll save tons of money over the canned variety. It makes an excellent pot luck or cookout side dish.
- Pour the beans into a strainer and rinse, checking for rocks. Place in deep bowl and cover with fresh water. Soak overnight.
- Preheat oven to 325°F.
- In a Dutch Oven over medium-high heat, add the bacon and sauté until crispy before adding in the onions. Cook until tender then add in the garlic. Stir in the soaked beans and their water into the dutch oven along with the remaining ingredients. Increase the heat to high and bring to a boil then turn off the heat. Cover the pot and bake the beans for 3 hours or until fully tender. Check every hour to stir and make sure there’s enough liquid to cover the beans. Add more water if needed.
- Remove the beans from the oven and allow to cool for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove the thyme sprigs and bay leaves, then taste and season accordingly if needed.
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