Dr. Pepper Baked Beans

Rich, tangy and sweet.

I love the Dr. Pepper Baked beans. LOVE. They are tangy and sweet, and I knew I had to use them for a dish for summer. This recipe doesn’t have more sugar, ketchup or the other things you’d traditionally find in baked bean recipes. I tried to keep it on the healthier side of traditional baked bean dishes.

So here it is. Dr. Pepper Baked Beans. You’re welcome.

Dr. Pepper Baked Beans

1 small onion, diced

1 green pepper, diced

1 jalapeno, seeded and diced

1 lb. smoked kielbasa sausage

1 tbsp. smoked paprika

1 pinch of red pepper flakes

1 tsp. salt

2 cans Dr. Pepper baked beans

1/2 cup chicken broth

1/2 tsp. smoke flavoring

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

In an oven proof skillet, saute the onion and pepper and jalapeno until tender, about 3-4 minutes. Then dice your sausage, into bit size pieces and add to the skillet to brown. Stir occasionally, until pepper and onions are tender, and sausage is browned.

Add the seasonings, smoked paprika, salt and red pepper flakes. Stir to combine. Then add the baked beans and chicken broth & smoke flavoring. Bring to a simmer.

Carefully transfer the beans to the hot oven, and bake uncovered for 25-30 minutes. The beans will reduce and darken in color.

Remove the beans from the oven and cool slightly. Serve warm or cold. Even better the next day.

Happy summer grilling! xo

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