This pork and beans recipe is flavorful, acidic, and sweet with just a hint of sweetness.
This side dish is easy to prepare and far superior to canned alternatives! For your next summer BBQ or party, try this pork and beans meal.
Why Is This Recipe So Delicious?
- It’s bursting with flavor! Salt pork is simmered down to unleash a lot of flavors, and then tasty additives like Worcestershire sauce and dry mustard powder add even more flavor.
- It’s quite simple to create. The entire dish takes less than 30 minutes to prepare, with the majority of that time spent waiting for everything to simmer on the burner!
- This pork and beans recipe is a hit for adults and kids alike. This meal is great for the whole family. This dish’s smokey, somewhat sweet flavor is irresistible. This recipe is a crowd-pleaser, and I highly recommend it for your next potluck!
Pork with salt or thick-cut bacon – As I previously stated, the pork adds a lot of flavor to this dish. In my pork and beans, I prefer to use salt pork or thick-cut bacon because it’s much easier and faster to cook with than any other option.
You may easily leave out the pork if you want to make this a vegan or vegetarian pork and beans meal. Simply skip the pork and sauté your onion in one tablespoon of olive oil instead.
If you’re making this vegan or vegetarian, you’ll need to add an extra teaspoon of salt to compensate for the salt you won’t be getting from the pork.
Tomato Sauce – This recipe benefits from the freshness and brightness of tomato sauce. The sauce’s acidity helps to balance out the sweetness of the molasses and brown sugar.
Pinto Beans — Before using pinto beans in this pork and beans recipe, drain and rinse them! Although you can use canned beans in this recipe, you can also prepare your own dried beans.
If you’re going to cook your beans, substitute 6 cups of cooked pinto beans for the 3 cans in this recipe.
- As you go, taste and adjust the seasoning! At each stage of this recipe, taste it and add extra of whatever you want. Remember, the flavors will be the most developed after the pork and beans have simmered for 20 minutes on the stove. So, if you’re on the fence about adding something, hold off till the end!
- You create this recipe, make sure to use a large skillet with high edges. This recipe will appear little at first, but once the beans are added, it will more than triple in size! When I first tried the dish, I made this mistake and couldn’t put all of my beans in the skillet. Please learn from my mistakes and use your biggest skillet!
- Chop your salt pork or thick-cut bacon into whichever size pieces you choose. Because I enjoy finding large bits of salt pork in my pork and beans, I chop mine into 2-inch pieces. You may certainly chop it into 1/4-inch pieces if you want!
Beans and Pork
|5 minutes to prepare
30 minutes to cook
This pork and beans recipe is flavorful, acidic, and sweet with just a hint of sweetness. This side dish is easy to prepare and far superior to canned alternatives! For your next summer BBQ or party, try this pork and beans meal.
- 1 cup salt pork or thick-cut bacon chopped
- 1 cup yellow onion chopped
- ½ cup can tomato sauce
- ¼ cup molasses
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 ½ teaspoons dry mustard
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 3 15-ounce cans pinto beans 45 ounces total
- 1 cup water
- Large skillet
Instructions For Beans and Pork Recipe
- In a large skillet over medium heat, cook bacon for 5 minutes. Cook for another 8-10 minutes, or until the onion is soft.
- Combine the tomato sauce, molasses, Worcestershire sauce, dry mustard, salt, black pepper, and brown sugar in a large mixing bowl. Reduce to low heat and cook, stirring occasionally, for 1-2 minutes, or until the sugar has dissolved.
- Add the beans and water, and cook for 20 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened.
- Vegan/Vegetarianize it: Remove the pork from the pan and immediately begin sautéing the onion in one tablespoon of olive oil. Add an extra teaspoon of salt to compensate for the flavor loss due to the absence of pork.
- Remove the sugar: Brown sugar, granular Replace the brown sugar with swerve or leave it out entirely in this recipe.
This recipe serves around 6 people. The nutritional values displayed are for one serving. The macros may differ slightly based on the ingredient brands utilized.
Prepare the recipe as directed, then weigh the completed product to calculate the size of one serving. Multiply the entire weight (not counting the weight of the sauce container) by 6. The weight of one serving will be the result.
Serving: 1serving, Calories: 519kcal, Carbohydrates: 24g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 46g, Saturated Fat: 17g, Cholesterol: 49mg, Sodium: 1842mg, Potassium: 377mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 22g, Vitamin A: 90IU, Vitamin C: 4mg, Calcium: 53mg, Iron: 1mg, Net Carbs: 23g