I am constantly amazed at how animated and talkative people get when you mention food. The mere aroma of certain foods can evoke memories that transport us back to a special place and time. Food can bridge the gap between all ages, races and ethnicities.
Let's face it, the only thing that should ever come between people is a table and some serving bowls.

Friday, May 25, 2007

On this Memorial Day, a special thanks to all the men and women past and present who have fought and are still fighting for our freedom.

Most of us we’ll be grilling this weekend or going to a cookout somewhere. Here is a tasty little side dish to pass around. This dish also works just as well with either Coca-Cola or Dr. Pepper. It really adds a nice flavor to the beans.
This recipe should serve about 8-10 people

A&W Baked Beans

1/2 cup A&W Root Beer
4 bacon strips
1 cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cans (1 lb, 5 ounce size) pinto beans, drained
1 cup ketchup
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons chili powder
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Cook bacon strips in a small frying pan until crisp; cool and crumble. Reserve 1 tablespoon bacon drippings.
Sauté onion and garlic in the reserved drippings over medium heat for 10 minutes or until translucent. Place bacon, chopped onion, garlic and remaining ingredients in a 2-quart casserole dish; stir until well blended. Bake, uncovered, for about 1 hour or until done.


Sara said...

Oh wow these sound so good!!!! I am going to try this as soon as I can, I love baked beans and have certainly never tried any with root beer in them. Have a good weekend!

Cris said...

This looks soo good! Nice recipe!

Gattina said...

Oh I know my husband is going to love this! Will try out during this holiday :)

Glenna said...

That looks fun! I am so there.

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Steve said...

hey julie, thanks for stopping by. I still don't get to cook as much as I'd like to... hopefully that'll change soon. back to the states next week to pick up some cooking supplies~ -steve

sognatrice said...

Oh what I wouldn't give for a root beer *or* a Dr. Pepper--don't have either of those in Italy :(

I just came here and I see that you're Italian, Russian, and Polish. I'm Italian, Lithuanian, and German; but for that last part, a lot of our food heritage probably overlaps. I look forward to learning more about you and your recipes :)

Christine said...

I made your beans for our bbq on Saturday night. They were so easy and tasted delicious! Thanks for sharing!

Julie said...

Thank you all for your nice comments, I am really glad you enjoyed this recipe.