My Two Sides

Beans and slaw.

What do you want with your barbecue? Beans and slaw. While I am tempted to try the potato (baked, fried, etc…) and the corn looks great, when I am faced with the eternal choice for my two sides at a barbecue restaurant (never three and rarely one), it is beans and slaw. Not the green beans, although I do like them, the BAKED beans.

Some places really don’t do the beans justice. You can open a can, throw it into a pot and serve it and it will be OK. If you really take just a few extra steps, you can make them great. I do take the easy route and start with a can. The Ranting Wife made these recently and I was on hand to take a few pictures.

Such a great taste!

Just a few additives.

The beans and Worcester.

Onions and yellow mustard. We’ve tried others and even tried the mustard powder. Nothing works as good as plain old yellow mustard.

Bacon and brown sugar.

Bake them. What a concept!!! Actually baking baked beans.



  • 4 slices cooked bacon
  • 2 lb. cans pork & beans
  • 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 c. chopped onions
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp. mustard


Mix ingredients, pour in pan. Cover and Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.


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Categories: Baking, kosher, Lunch, Picnic, Pork, Recipes, Side Dish, Vegetable

Author:The Ranting Chef

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14 Comments on “My Two Sides”

  1. August 9, 2012 at 11:10 am #

    that looks great


  2. August 9, 2012 at 11:21 am #



  3. August 9, 2012 at 11:30 am #

    Beautiful recipe.You are 100% correct about the yellow mustard.Ball park mustard is under appreciated.


  4. August 9, 2012 at 11:51 am #

    Another yummalicious recipe to try! You’re right, beans from a can are always missing something, can’t wait to try this.


  5. Gary Lum
    August 9, 2012 at 11:56 pm #

    I am going to do that


  6. August 10, 2012 at 11:40 am #



  7. August 11, 2012 at 4:01 am #

    I agree about beans, never been a slaw fan myself, though.
    Beans from a can with no additions are so boring!
    It’s like saying “I didn’t even try” when I see them being served.


  8. August 11, 2012 at 6:47 pm #

    Baked beans are my fav if they’re done properly… but like you say, to many people don’t actually bake them. You can’t make that baked flavour on the stove or in the microwave.


  9. jetr1
    August 11, 2012 at 9:56 pm #

    I have never thought about putting mustard into my beans, Interesting idea. Thanks


  10. August 12, 2012 at 2:31 am #

    Since visiting the US, I’ve wanted to know how to recreate the baked beans. Now I know! Thank you! 🙂



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