Whiskey Baked Beans - Developed by Jennifer Myers Chua

Photo: Jason Kan

Ingredients:
2 cups dried white (Navy) beans
water
½ a large yellow onion, chopped
1 tbsp oil
½ lbs or 250 grams bacon
⅔ cup Canadian whiskey
2 tbsp molasses
2 teaspoon salt
½ cup ketchup
¼ cup brown sugar
1 tbs worcestershire
½ tsp ground mustard

 Directions

1. Place the beans in a large bowl and cover with lukewarm water. Soak overnight adding water as needed.

2. Drain and rinse, (reserving the liquid)

3. Simmer the beans until just tender. 1 to 2 hours.

4. With the rack in the middle position, preheat oven to 325 degrees

5. In a saucepan on medium-low heat, cook onions and oil until just translucent (about 8 minutes). Add bacon and fry for another 4 minutes or until just starting to crisp.

6. Arrange the beans in a large ovenproof dutch oven and stir in bacon and onions.

7. Using whiskey, deglaze the onion/bacon pan. Combine molasses, salt, ketchup, brown sugar, worcestershire and mustard powder with whiskey and bring to a boil. (use reserved bean water as needed to make sauce)

8. Pour sauce mixture into the dutch oven and add enough reserved bean water to cover the beans. Cover and transfer to oven.

9.  Bake for 2.5 hours in the pre-heated oven until desired tenderness is reached. Check the water level at 2 hours or so and add more water if needed.

serves 6