Apple Baked Beans can be cooked on the grill, over a campfire or in the oven. They make the perfect side for any barbecue.
Our neighbors have established a back-to-school tradition of getting together the evening before school starts and having a barbecue together. John and I always bring the Apple Baked Beans and the Skillet Apple Pie. If I have the time, I’ll even make some homemade ice cream.
We’ve made these apple baked beans on the grill, over a campfire and in my oven. If you’re short on time, you can even cook them on top of the stove. They are delicious any way you cook them. I leave the lid off and let them get all thick with a caramel glaze.
John came up with this recipe some years back. I can’t say he invented it, but he found one he liked and put his spin on it. We love it because it’s a great contrast between sweet and spice. It makes enough for a good-sized gathering and is great leftover too.
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- 4 Slices Bacon diced
- 1/2 cup shredded pork
- 3 16 oz can pork and beans mostly drained I use Bush's Best Original
- 1/2 cup BBQ sauce your preference
- 1 can apple pie filling chopped
- 1 medium onion chopped
- 1/2 green pepper chopped
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tbsp yellow mustard
- 1 jalapeno seeds and ribs removed, finely diced (2 for more heat)
- Preheat oven to 325°F.
- Brown bacon and remove from pan. Saute onion and green pepper in bacon grease. Mix in remaining ingredients. Bake uncovered for 1 hour or simmer on stovetop for 30 minutes.
I've increased my beans to 5 cans for a larger group. I don't increase the brown sugar or apple pie filling. It's still sweet enough.
You can substitute cooked ground sausage for pulled pork.
We prefer yellow mustard over other varieties for this recipe.
It will not be long before these neighbor children will be grown and on their own, but I know that they will take the memories of our back-to-school barbecues with them.
We love cooking outside whenever we can. Here are a few more recipes that are perfect for outdoor cooking.
There isn’t a lot that you can’t put on the grill. I love it because it is a quick clean up and you just can’t taste anything that says summer more.