Grandma Boomer's Baked Beans

My great grandma Boomer was a peculiar woman. Granted, I only knew her when she was over the age of 90 years old, but what I experienced, I will never forget. a) She slept during the day and stayed up all night. b) She would watch you sleep. c) She hid under the couch for no apparent reason. d) She would give you valuable items that you shouldn't be given. I believe she gave me a few pieces of very expensive jewelry that had been set aside in her will for some other family member, and I had to give it back when she was hiding under the couch.

Now, I don't mean to give Grandma Boomer a bad rap. As I mentioned, she was old. And when you get to be a certain age, I don't think you owe anyone an explanation, really. Just ask my dad.


Kidding. My dad is only 35.

Patrick, me and Grandma Boomer, back in the day

But Grandma had the simplest, most delicious baked beans you've ever eaten. My mom hides these things from me, and then **BAMM,** she hits you out of nowhere with this long-lost, secret family recipe. She's full of surprises. Must be the Boomer gene.


  • 2 large cans of baked beans
  • 1 package of uncooked bacon, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 box of dark brown sugar
  • 1 bottle of ketchup
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped finely
  • Spray a 13x9 pan with Pam
  • Combine all ingredients and toss into the pan
  • Bake at 325 degrees for hours 
Did I mention Grandma was a minimalist? If it was quick, filling and tasty, it was on her table. Not that I would know. She was too busy hiding under the couch to cook for me.

Love and a-little-nutty-in-every-family,

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