This easy baked beans recipe with bacon is warm, comforting, sweet, a little smoky, and totally delicious.
Preheat oven to 375F and move the rack to the middle position.
Cut up bacon into small pieces (I use kitchen shears) and add to a fairly large pot (I recommend a Dutch oven because it's oven-safe). Fry bacon over medium-high heat until it's about crispy (approx. 20 minutes).
Meanwhile, add the sauce ingredients to a medium bowl and whisk together until smooth.
Once the bacon is about ready, drain most of the fat, leaving some for flavor.
Add the onion to the pot and cook it for a few minutes, until softened.
Add the drained beans and the sauce to the pot. Give it a good stir.
Assuming you're using a Dutch oven, place it in the preheated oven uncovered, and cook the beans for 45 minutes. If you're not using a Dutch oven, transfer the beans to a large baking dish/pan and cook for 45 minutes.
Give the beans a taste and season with salt & pepper as needed.