Theresa's Mixed Nuts: Grandma Janell's Baked Beans

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Grandma Janell's Baked Beans

With Thanksgiving just a few days away, I've been doing a lot of thinking about holidays of past, and my grandma is where my thoughts have landed mostly. My grandma was a giver. She lived her life helping others. She had a strong love for Jesus, and I think she tried to follow in His footsteps to the best of her ability. There aren't too many childhood memories that I have that don't involve my Grandma Janell, and when she passed away a few years ago, many people would tell me that they thought she was THEIR grandma when they were little because she was always doing for them too! She never slowed down. When she wasn't babysitting us kids, she was teaching the Sunday School class or tearing up the rummage sales trying to find good deals for needy people. She drove the JJR bus to transport handicapped children to and from school. I would ride along with her some days and I remember the special needs children always laughing and having a great time on the way to school. I once asked her what "JJR" stood for, and she said "Jolly Joy Ride!" Something tells me she was pulling my leg, but I like to think JJR can't stand for anything better, because she definitely made those rides full of joy for the kids!



Grandma always hosted Thanksgiving dinner, and for most families, the turkey is the star of the show. But for us, we always looked forward to her baked beans! When she got older and hosting was too much for her, my mom took over Thanksgiving duties and always made sure the baked beans were front and center of the meal. Over the years we have invited many friends to our holiday dinners and the first thing they always ask is "Is your mom making those beans!?" They are kind of famous around these parts :)

Stuffing my face, but still gotta stick close to the big bowl of baked beans!
Cleaning up, with a little baked bean belly poking out :)

We are going to be guests at my in-laws for Thanksgiving this year, so I'll be bringing along a side of Grandma Janell's baked beans. Not only to get my bean fix, but to feel grandma is there is spirit, celebrating the holiday with us too.

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Grandma Janell's Baked Beans Recipe

Ingredients:

4 cans Campbell's Pork & Beans, drained
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup barbecue sauce
8 slices bacon, cut in half

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large bowl combine all ingredients.
Bake in the preheated oven for 1 ½ hours.


What's your favorite Thanksgiving side dish? Does your family have any recipes that have been passed down through the generations?  





42 comments:

  1. BBQ sauce!! that's the way to do it! Your grandma sounds like a sweetie, Theresa.

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  2. OMG, you look exactly the same as you did when you were a little girl! My mom always made up baked beans and I make them now, but more for cookouts and parties.

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  3. YUMMY! What great memories you have of your grandma, Theresa! She sounds like an amazing woman with a BIG heart.

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  4. My mom made about the same recipe only she used ketchup instead of BBQ sauce. I eat a lot of healthy beans almost every day but they are navy and black bean, without the extra ingredients!

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  5. Awesome memories indeed. She sounds like she was a wonderful person and grandmother.

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  6. I love the tribute to your gram!! And look at you so cute and tiny, lol!! I can totally tell it's you too. :)

    Happy Thanksgiving!!

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  7. Your grandma sounds like a true star! And like a true inspiration! I'm happy that you have some fond memories thanks to her!
    You look like your Mini Me in that picture where you're eating :)
    Nope, no family recipes, we mostly ate crappy food throughout my childhood because my grannies didn't really cook and my late father, even though he was a cook, never cooked for us.

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    1. Wait! One cup of sugar in a savoury dish with bacon? What the what? :)

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  8. These beans sound just like my grandma's! I love old recipes like this! No one can cook like our Grandma's!!
    heatherp626@msn.com

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  9. This is funny. My Hubs is having baked beans for supper. This is kind of the recipe I use except I have never tried them with the BBQ Sauce. I am going to see if I have any to put in them.

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  10. Love seeing the photos and hearing the stories of your grandma. It's so great when a certain recipe brings back so many memories.

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  11. I've never tried baked beans before. My hubby says this looks incredible ... and he would SO know!

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  12. Memories of Gramma are always wonderful. I love the beans. They look amazing.

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  13. Cranberry sauce-I can never get enough of it--that and pumpkin pie!! Those baked beans look very easy to make and sound delicious!

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  14. I love these classic pictures. What awesome memories you have. We make our beans similar but not the bacon. I will need to add that next time.

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  15. I always loved my grandmas recipes the best (but don't tell my mom). Its always nice to remember her at the holidays with some of her most popular ones.

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  16. Our aunt used to host thanksgiving, then my grandma, then my brother, and now my other brother. It's never consistent

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  17. That's why Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. There is so much good food and family traditions that go along with it.

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  18. These look delicious. Each adult in my family has a standard dish they bring each year. Mine is the cranberry relish. It's simple, and it's also one of my favorite dishes. :)

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  19. Baked beans are always so good. I love them for any holiday.

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  20. Great pictures! I am not a massive bean fan but this looks good.

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  21. Yummy! I love recipes like this that get passed down! And I love all the pictures, too!

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  22. What great memories! thanks for sharing the recipe. Happy Turkey day!

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  23. My grandparents moved to Australia from Italy years ago. As such, to me no one existed earlier than them.

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  24. Great recipe! I use the same beans only I add mustard, onions, ketchup and brown sugar instead of the bb1 sauce. It's the memories that make the meal special. THere are alot of people we miss around our Thanksgiving table these years but it's funny how a certain food can take you right back! Like visiting them for a little while.

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  25. What some amazing memories. So nice to have something that has been passed down through the years.

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  26. so touchy...I love to cook with my grandma or my mom special recipes as well..those baked beans look super delicious :)

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  27. I love hearing the stories. The recipe looks delicious!

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  28. I love baked beans with a passion, it's to die for!

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  29. I like mashed sweet potatoes. Those beans look delicious and I love your pictures

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  30. I'm not a big fan of baked beans, but that batch does look good. You look cute in the old photos :P

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  31. These photos are just gold. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!


    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

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  32. I love baked beans with toast and butter. I will definitely be trying this recipe.

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  33. What fun to have a favorite dish and memories to go with it. My family don't add baked beans to our meals but I have enjoyed them here and there other times.

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  34. What a great memory! I've never made baked beans from scratch, but these sure do look good!

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  35. What a great memory to have! Even better a recipe so you could never possibly forget!

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  36. What great memories from your grandmother. I love remembering childhood family meals.

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  37. Great idea to keep a family recipe going! I love baked beans!

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  38. What a wonderful grandma! I always try and use my Grandma's big blue plate. It's the only thing I have of hers.

    Continue the traditions!

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  39. My mom makes really good baked beans. I was thinking of bringing twice baked potatoes and sweet potatoes. Then for desert I'm bringing my first ever poke cake.

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    1. Oooh, I hope you post a pic of your poke cake on Facebook. I have never made one myself. Your desserts are always so pretty!

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