Bourbon and Dr. Pepper Baked Beans

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1/2 cup brown sugar

1 tablespoon ground paprika

1 teaspoon dry mustard

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 (12 fl oz) can caffeinated pepper-type soda (such as Dr Pepper(R))

3/4 cup ketchup

1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce

8 slices bacon

1 large onion, finely chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

1/4 cup bourbon

2 (16 ounce) cans baked beans with pork


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Mix brown sugar, paprika, mustard, and cayenne pepper together in a bowl. Whisk in pepper soda, ketchup, and Worcestershire sauce until brown sugar is dissolved.

Cut 4 slices of bacon into small strips. Cook and stir in a large Dutch oven over medium heat until almost crispy, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl, reserving bacon grease.

Stir onion into the bacon grease in the Dutch oven; cook and stir until soft, 3 to 5 minutes. Add garlic; cook and stir for 1 minute. Pour in bourbon, stirring to scrape up browned bits off the bottom with a wooden spoon. Stir bacon strips back in.

Pour brown sugar mixture and baked beans into the Dutch oven. Simmer until beans are heated through, about 15 minutes. Arrange remaining 4 slices of bacon on top of the beans.

Bake in the preheated oven, covered, until beans are bubbly and sauce is syrupy, about 3 hours.

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