Bootlegger Beans

Mom's Bootlegger Beans by The Sweet Spot Blog

Bear and I both grew up on Bootlegger Beans.  He was raised in Iowa, Kansas and Oklahoma and I grew up in Texas.  But both of our mothers made great ‘Bootlegger’ or baked beans.

We have gone back and forth on whose recipe is best, and finally realized they were variations of the same thing.  I did a little research and discovered that everyone from Heloise to Paula Deen has a version of this recipe.  Some call for molasses, others use brown sugar or maple syrup.  And all call for Pork & Beans!  But the end result is very similar.  And I still think my mom’s recipe is the best!

‘Mom’s Bootlegger Beans’ is a great side dish when summer grilling, preparing a meaty, Father’s Day feast or hosting an outdoor July 4th party.  Enjoy!

Mom’s Bootlegger Beans

2 strips bacon
¼ green bell pepper, diced
1 onion, diced
2 cans Pork & Beans (Van Camp’s)
¼ cup Vinegar
¼ cup Molasses
¼ cup Ketchup
Mustard to taste (I used about a tablespoon)
1 ½ teaspoon chili powder

Cook bacon and remove from pan.  Reserve for later.  Saute bell pepper (I used yellow instead of green) and onion in bacon grease until onion is translucent.  Add two regular cans Pork and Beans, cooked bacon, vinegar, molasses, ketchup, and a little mustard to taste.  Add 1½ teaspoon chili powder.  Pour into baking dish and bake at 350 degrees until bubbling around edges, about 20 minutes.  This recipe can be put together the day before and baked just before serving.


44 Responses to Bootlegger Beans

  1. Jess June 11, 2013 at 11:05 am #

    I’ve had such a craving for Baked Beans and this recipe sounds AMAZING!

    • Debbie June 11, 2013 at 12:38 pm #

      The flavor is great! My favorite baked beans ever….. Thanks for stopping by Jess!

  2. Stephanie June 11, 2013 at 11:21 am #

    These look delicious, way better than those canned ones that I have been making!

    • Debbie June 11, 2013 at 12:40 pm #

      Delicious and super easy too! Most time consuming part is cooking the bacon. And who doesn’t love the smell of bacon on the stove top?? Thanks for stopping by Stephanie!

  3. Foodie in WV June 11, 2013 at 12:00 pm #

    I love beans, pretty much any way they are made :) This looks like something my whole family would love, including my kids!

  4. Debbie June 11, 2013 at 12:41 pm #

    Yes – even Baby E at 19 months old enjoys these beans!

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