If you are headed out on a camping trip and you want to make some great recipes for your friends and family, Dutch oven baked beans would be the perfect choice. Here are some ideas that will help you make baked beans that everyone will love.
Make sure that you add some kind of sweetener when you are making baked beans. Some people try to find ways to get around this because they are on diets and/or they are not fans of sweet food items. The problem is that this prevents the beans from having the thick, rich texture people tend to associate with this dish. If you decide to use something a little healthier than white sugar or molasses, agave is a decent option. Using sugar alternatives will not cut it.
Try to always use dried beans. There are some people who prefer cutting to the chase, and that’s understandable, to make this dish with canned beans, but it does not come out as well. Since you are not able to keep them cooking for as long, the flavor does not develop as much. If you try extending the cooking time to coax more flavor out of them, there is huge chance they will come out mushy.
Those who are adding raw meat should add it at the beginning of the cooking process. Things like fresh sausage, bacon, salt pork should be added at the same time the beans are placed in a pot. In the event you are using kielbasa, hot dogs or some other meat that is already fully cooked, you can add it toward the end so it can heat through, but adding it too early can make it devoid of flavor.
Campfire food is not all about hot dogs on a stick and making s’mores. If you are looking for a great way to tease everyone’s tastebuds on your next outing, make some baked beans the old fashioned way. You won’t be disappointed.