Why would you want to open a can of pork and beans with questionable ingredients when you can make your own from scratch in your slow cooker? Not only are they delicious, but they are also easy to make.
Pork and Beans are one of the oldest (some sources say they're THE oldest) convenience food in America. This comfort food combo dates all the way back to the 1890s. That's a tradition that goes back almost 130+ years!
Most people enjoy Pork and Beans from a can. However, I think you should give my recipe a try. They taste amazing and you won't be serving those questionable ingredients (preservatives!) to your loved ones.
What cut of meat do I use to make Pork and Beans? Canned Pork and Beans are made with salt pork which comes from the pork belly. In this recipe, you'll use a fresh pork shoulder instead. The pork shoulder will give your Pork and Beans a more robust flavor--much better than the flavor you get out of a can.
Can I make substitutions for food allergies and health concerns? Yes, you can! Make your Pork and Beans gluten-free by substituting a gluten-free Worcestershire sauce. Coconut sugar has a lower glycemic index than white granulated sugar, which is why this recipe uses it. If you're not watching your sugar intake, can use brown sugar instead.
How do I make my Pork and Beans spicy? Change up the flavors in your Pork and Beans by trying out different BBQ sauces. Your local grocery store will most likely carry a variety of BBQ sauces with varying levels of spiciness.
What's the best way to serve Pork and Beans? Pork and Beans is a versatile dish. They can be served as a main dish due to their high protein content. All that's needed for a complete meal is a side of fresh veggies and dip, bread, and some fresh fruit. Pork and Beans also make the perfect side dish to compliment hamburgers, hot dogs, and your other favorite campfire cookout meats.
Slow Cooker Pork and Beans
- 2 pounds boneless pork shoulder
- 2 14.5 oz cans pinto beans drained and rinsed
- 1 ½ cups bbq sauce
- 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 small yellow sweet onion diced
- 1 tablespoon jarred minced garlic
- 2 teaspoons mustard powder
- Add all ingredients except pork to slow cooker and stir to combine
- Cut pork into 4 smaller pieces and then nestle into mixture in slow cooker
- Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours
- Remove and shred pork then add back to slow cooker and stir to combine
Use fresh pork shoulder
Make it gluten-free -- sub gluten-free Worcestershire
Change up the flavors by trying out different BBQ sauces