Bacon Beer BBQ Beans
- 1 pound smoked bacon
- 1 medium red onion, diced
- 3 (16 ounce) cans baked beans, thoroughly drained
- 1/3 cup your favorite BBQ sauce
- 3 tablespoons cup spicy brown mustard
- 3 tablespoons molasses
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
- 1/2 cup American lager-style beer
- 10-inch cast iron skillet
Set aside 4 strips of bacon and chop the remaining bacon into 1-inch pieces. Cook the chopped bacon in a 10-inch cast-iron skillet over medium-high direct heat long enough to the render fat from the bacon; bacon should be browned but not crispy.
With a slotted spoon, remove bacon to large mixing bowl.
Pour out all but 2 tablespoons of the bacon grease and add the diced onion to the skillet and sauté until soft.
Transfer onions to the mixing bowl with the bacon and stir to combine with the remaining ingredients.
Transfer back into the skillet.
Arrange the reserved strips bacon over the top of the beans, cutting to fit as necessary.
Place the skillet back over the heat and bring to a low boil.
Slide the skillet over to the cooler side of the grill so that the beans simmer, not boil.
Cook for 30 minutes or until the beans have somewhat thickened.
Remove from heat and discard (or eat) the top layer of bacon.
Stir thoroughly and serve hot or at room temperature.