Cook bacon in a 10-inch cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat until crisp. Remove bacon with a slotted spoon, reserving drippings. Add onion and thyme sprigs to drippings in pan; sauté 3 minutes. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute. Stir in broth and remaining ingredients; reduce heat to medium and cook, uncovered, 10 minutes or until slightly thick, stirring occasionally. Discard thyme.
Remove from heat; stir in bacon. Broil 4 minutes or until bubbly and edges are crusty.
These are fantastic....so much better than canned baked beans! I skip the broiling step and they are still super tasty. My boyfriend's face lights up when he sees that I made these and whenever I have made these for company, they always ask for the recipe. Looking forward to making a batch for a Labor Day cookout:)
Tasty, but we prefer CL's "Blazin' Baked Beans" (April 2006) - that recipe calls for jarred barbecue sauce, but we always use CL's "Brown Sugar Barbecue Sauce" (June 2006). That combo is quite similar to this recipe but much more smokey and complex (and obviously not as "quick," if you make your own sauce - but totally worth it if you have the time!).
This was excellent! Not overly heavy, but still hearty enough to be filling. A perfect combination of sweet/savory flavors, and the fresh thyme made all the difference in the world. Will definitely make again!
I grew up on the molasses baked beans of the south, and served this to my family who is used to the same. This is so easy to make, the flavors are amazing, and everyone loved them....no leftovers what so ever! It was a great change from the sometimes overly sweet beans we know and love. The tomato paste and mustard give a good counter to the brown sugar, and there's a nice amount of spice to give it some heat...which could always be upped if preferred.
This is definitely a great easy baked bean recipe but we all felt like it lacked something to make it truly outstanding. Now the fun will be to figure out what that ingredient is - molasses? maple syrup? adobo sauce? The possibilities could be endless. Yum.