2cans(16-ounces each) white beans (such as Navy or Great Northern beans)drained
¼cuppure maple syrup
2tablespoonsprepared yellow mustard
¼poundlean baconNOT thick-cut, cut into 1-inch pieces
Preheat oven to 350°F.
In an 8- by 8-inch square baking dish (or any baking dish with 1 ½ to 2 quart capacity), combine beans, syrup, barbecue sauce, brown sugar, mustard, and lemon juice. Mix well. Evenly top beans with a single layer of bacon pieces. Cover dish with foil and bake for 45 minutes. Remove foil and bake for an additional 15 minutes to brown bacon. If bacon is not sufficiently crisp by the end of the baking time, turn on the broiler and broil for a few more minutes (watch carefully the entire time!) until bacon is to desired doneness.
Keep in mind that the type of barbecue sauce you use is going to contribute that same flavor to your beans (smokey vs. spicy vs. sweet, etc.).
If there is excess bacon grease on the top of the dish when you take it out of the oven, lay a paper towel over the surface to quickly blot it up.
This recipe can easily be doubled and baked in a 9- by 13-inch dish.