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This recipe was made for a slow cooker. adapted from howsweeteats.com
The night before, add beans to a large pot and cover with water. Drain the next morning. Bring beans to a boil in a large pot of water, let simmer for 30-40 minutes, then drain.
While beans are cooking, heat a large skillet over medium heat and add bacon. Cook until crispy and fat is rendered, then remove bacon with a slotted spoon and let drain on a paper towel. Reduce heat to medium-low and add onion, cooking for 8-10 minutes, until caramelized and soft. Add in garlic, cook for 30 seconds, then turn off the heat. Add water, bourbon, brown sugar, bbq sauce, ketchup, ground mustard, vinegar, maple syrup and Worcestershire sauce to the crockpot and whisk well to combine. Add in beans, onions (and all of the bacon fat) and bacon to the crockpot.
Cover and cook on low for 10-12 hours, stirring occasionally. After 10-12 hours, turn crockpot to “warm” setting or turn off completely and let sit anywhere from 30 minutes-2 hours, which will help the sauce for the beans thicken even more. These taste even better the next day! Note: after 10-12 hours the liquid may still seem “liquidy.” It is imperative to let the beans sit for a while on the lower setting (or on the "off" setting, still covered) so they become thick and syrupy like traditional baked beans.
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