- This is by far one of the best baked beans recipes ever created. It is a meal in itself, and by just boiling up some hot dogs you've got a great, thrifty, stick-to-your-ribs meal that will leave plenty of leftovers.
Most of all, it will use up a bag of the great northern beans you've received in you food pantry bag.
2 smoked ham hocks (about 1/2 pound each)
2 cups water
1 medium onion, chopped
2 teaspoons garlic powder, divided
2 teaspoons onion powder, divided
1 cup barbecue sauce
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce, optional
Rinse and sort beans; soak according to package directions. Drain and rinse beans, discarding liquid.
In a 4-qt. slow cooker, combine beans, ham hocks, water, onion, 1 teaspoon garlic powder and 1 teaspoon onion powder. Cook, covered, on low until beans are tender, 8-10 hours.
Remove ham hocks; cool slightly. Cut meat into small cubes, discarding bones; return meat to slow cooker. Stir in barbecue sauce, brown sugar, nutmeg, cloves, remaining garlic powder, remaining onion powder and, if desired, pepper sauce. Cook, covered, on high until heated through, about 30 minutes.