Copycat Hard Rock Cafe Bar-B-Que Beans

7:05 AM

Along with our burgers tonight, I decided to make home made baked beans for the first time in my life! I do like baked beans, and the stuff from the cans isn't that bad, but whenever I serve it up during dinner I don't find myself excited about sticking any on my plate. Now I'm determined to find the perfect from-scratch recipe!

Tonight's baked beans I found on - there are a ton of cool recipes on that site! I admit I've only been to Hard Rock Cafe once, and that was fairly recently here in Japan of all places. I didn't have their beans, so I definitely can't compare dishes. That doesn't mean that I can't appreciate this dish, though! These were great, much, much better than any canned beans I've had, and it was pretty easy, just a bit time consuming since there are more than a handful of ingredients, plus it says to bake for an hour and a half. Regardless, if you start this before you prepare whatever else you have going for dinner, you'll have a great tasting side dish hot and ready for you waiting in the oven. As great as this dish is, I will still be on the hunt for the perfect baked beans, because this one just doesn't quite make the standard, in my opinion. That won't keep me from making this again, though.

Copycat Hard Rock Cafe Bar-B-Que Beans
Serves 6

2 15-ounce cans pinto beans (with liquid)
2 tablespoons water
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1/2 cup ketchup
1/3 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons diced onion
1 teaspoon prepared mustard
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
1/2 cup shredded pork (leftovers - you can use cooked chopped bacon instead)

1. Preheat oven to 350˚.

2. Pour the can of pinto beans into a casserole dish (with a lid).

3. Dissolve the cornstarch in a small bowl with the 2 tablespoons of water. Add this solution to the beans and stir.

4. Add the remaining ingredients to the dish, stir to combine and cover.

5. Bake for 90 minutes or until the sauce thickens. Stir every 30 minutes. After removing the beans from the oven, let the beans cool for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

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