To the tune of Blazing Saddles:
I love good baked beans, so I was astounded when my friend said they didn't particularly care for them: "too sweet."
There's nothing better than homemade baked beans and I've tried different recipes over the years. The America's Test Kitchen recipe was a winner, but I had to add far more water than they called for or I would have had a burnt brick. I generally use the quick soak method instead of overnight and discard the water to mitigate any flatulence potential.
Any favorite recipes for baked beans or tips?
But I will admit that I usually pop open a can of beans >oh, the humanity< because--silly me--I didn't think of starting a pot of baked beans a half-day earlier (and I probably wouldn't have bothered, anyway). I frequently dress up the beans, particularly if they're pork and beans and not baked beans, with several combinations and permutations of ingredients: minced onions, mustard, bbq sauce, Worcestershire sauce, smoke flavoring, brown sugar, molasses, etc. Do you add anything?
I've tried a number of brands, some good, some not so good. I discovered a large can of Valley Gem Western Style Baked Beans that I bought for a pittance in a dollar store and was astounded at how good it was (price isn't everything). So let's hear about the brands you like.