We all know that July 4th is the iconic holiday at the beginning of July. This is the one with the fireworks, flags and parades that everyone looks forward to. But, did you know there are other lesser-known holidays in July, overshadowed by their star-spangled older sister? It's true - July is National Baked Bean Month. Which is terrific, considering it is also National Picnic Month!
Since these two go hand-in-hand, we'll consider them together. First off, the key to any well-planned picnic is a serving of slow-cooked baked beans. These are the perfect side dish, no matter what's on the grill: hot dogs, chicken or hamburgers. Since good baked beans are a matter of preference and recipes are often handed down from generation to generation, we suggest preparing whatever formulation your family likes best, whether it includes dry mustard, carmelized onions, brown sugar or molasses.
In the event you don't have Great-Grandma Mattie's heirloom recipe, hope is not lost. Stop by your local Bass Pro Shops and pick up a copy of the World Championship Dutch Oven Cookbook and stir up their version of Trail Beans:
1 large can of pork and beans
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons dry mustard
4 slices bacon, cut in small pieces
1/4 cup molasses
1/2 green pepper, cut in small pieces
1 medium onion, cut in small pieces
Mix all ingredients together and put in a 12" Dutch oven Cover and simmer over low fire for 2 hours.
What's that? You don't have a Dutch oven? Then head back to our Camping Department and take a look at the huge collection of cast iron cookware from Lodge. Dutch ovens are available in a variety of sizes, to fit every need, from 1quart to 10 quart.
This summer, Bass Pro Shops is your picnic headquarters! You can find everything you need to spend a day outdoors with your family at your local Bass Pro Shops.