Food for the Soul ~ John 1:16

Wishing you a beautiful Memorial Day Weekend! May you always know the love and grace the Father showers down on you! 


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Sweet Heat Baked Beans

{Stubb's Legendary Bar-B-Q provided sauces for this recipe, but all opinions are 100% my own.}

Well, it's May and that means that BBQ season is upon us. Time to clean up the grill grates, check the propane tank, and bust out the barbecue tools. While the meat is usually the star of dinner, side dishes run a close second. One of our favorite side dishes to grilled chicken and burgers is baked beans, or as my daughter has always called them, "sweet beans". On this Memorial Day weekend, the kick-off for grilling season, I thought I'd share this recipe for these delicious Sweet Heat Baked Beans.

These Sweet Heat Baked Beans are the perfect side dish for all your grilled meats!

I was recently asked to partner up with Stubb's Legendary Bar-B-Q to create some recipes for the upcoming grilling season. They sent me a box chock full of sauces and marinades to try out. Talk about "happy mail"! I love that all their sauces, rubs, and marinades are made with real ingredients and contain no artificial preservatives flavors, colors MSG or high fructose corn syrup. I was more than willing to grill up some dinner and sample their selection.

These Sweet Heat Baked Beans are the perfect side dish for all your grilled meats!

Last week, when we had a quick break in the rain, I fired up the grill to make some chicken. Normally, I'll buy canned baked beans for the side dish and doctor them up a little with brown sugar and a touch of mustard. However, there were no baked beans in the pantry. As usual, necessity was the mother of invention.  All I had on hand was a couple of cans of Great Northern Beans... no doubt because I had planned on making some white chicken chili at some point. The chili never got made, so the cans just sat... and sat. I thought I might be able to pull off my own version of sweet beans with the help of some Stubb's Sweet Heat Bar-B-Q Sauce. The result was this batch of Sweet Heat Baked Beans... It certainly lives up to its name and definitely wakes up the tastebuds!

These Sweet Heat Baked Beans are the perfect side dish for all your grilled meats!

Here's what you need: Great Northern Beans, Stubb's Sweet Heat Bar-B-Q Sauce, molasses, brown sugar, onion, bacon, ketchup and mustard.

These Sweet Heat Baked Beans are the perfect side dish for all your grilled meats!

Sweet Heat Baked Beans

2 cans Great Northern Beans, drained, but reserve liquid
1/3 cup Stubb's Sweet Heat Bar-B-Q Sauce
1/4 cup ketchup
1 tsp. yellow mustard
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
1 Tbsp. molasses
3 slices bacon, chopped then cooked
1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
salt and pepper to taste

In frying pan, cook bacon to desired doneness; set aside. Discard all but about 1 Tbsp. bacon grease. Add onions to pan and cook until translucent. In bowl, combine beans, Stubb's Sweet Heat Bar-B-Q sauce, brown sugar, bacon pieces, onion, molasses, ketchup, salt and pepper.* If the mixture is too thick, stir in some of the liquid from the beans. Pour into 2 quart baking dish. Bake for 30 minutes, or until bubbly.

*You may want to taste the mixture before adding the brown sugar and molasses to adjust the sweetness according to your tastes.

After grilling the chicken, we topped it with more of the Stubb's Sweet Heat Bar-B-Q Sauce, for added punch to the meal.

These Sweet Heat Baked Beans are the perfect side dish for all your grilled meats!

Need a side dish to round out your Memorial Day cookout? You'll love these Sweet Heat Baked Beans! In case you need some more ideas...

Here are some other great BBQ side dishes:




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I'm linking up at some of these great parties and

Creative Ways Link Party # 54 and Features

Welcome, welcome! So glad to see you here this week! I know this is a terribly busy time for many of you with spring sports wrapping up, school days winding down and summer vacations to plan. I am ever so grateful that you spend part of your week here with me at the Creative Ways Link Party. I love seeing what you're up to and all the creative projects you are sharing.


Here are some of the great posts that caught my eye from last week's party:

Fun Home Things showed us this adorable Patriotic Summer Wreath! I love the simplicity of this project... and the chevron ribbon!

Faith Filled Food for Moms shared these delicious Homemade Tostada Bowls. I'm definitely going to have to try these for an upcoming Mexican food night! 

I love this Upcycled Barn Door that Joy in Our Home made from cast aways and left overs! What a fabulous way to add interest to your interior doorways! 

Oh, my goodness! These Salted Margarita Truffles by Lamberts Lately look like they would just melt in your mouth! This is a fabulous summer treat!

Speaking of summer, how cute are these Summer DIY Tin Can Lanterns by Greco Design Company? I'm definitely going to be making these with my kiddos this summer!

Swanky Recipes shared these incredible Upside Down Pineapple Cupcakes. I am seriously drooling all over my laptop.  I can't wait to give these a try!

If you missed these wonderful posts, be sure to click through their links to check them out! 

To see some of the past features, check out my Creative Ways Link Party Features Board on Pinterest. I'm hoping that will bring your posts even more exposure! I hope you'll follow along! 


Link Party Guidelines
  • Please link up to 3 of your family-friendly DIY Projects, Crafts or Recipes...your Creative Ways
  • Please link to a specific post on your blog, not just your home page.
  • Please do not link up Etsy shops or giveaways.
  • Please follow Posed Perfection by clicking on one of my pretty, colorful buttons on the sidebar, and let me know so I can follow you back.
  • I'd love for you to add the party button to your post, a visible link back on your post, or a link on a party page. We want your creative friends to join us too!
  • Be sure to visit at least 2 links and leave some comment love. 
  • By linking up to this party, your are giving authorization for your projects/recipes to be featured with a photo and a link back to your blog.
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    Remember, this is a party... be sure to mingle! Please don't link up and run. Visit a couple of the posts above yours and just practice kindness. We all want to hear, "Great job!"
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    Food for the Soul ~ Proverbs 17:22

    Hi Friends! Just a reminder today about choosing joy in your life. Our circumstances don't always produce happiness, but joy can be ours in the midst of trials. Thanking God for all our situations, good and bad, focuses our hearts on the One worthy of all praise... which takes our minds off of ourselves and the troubling times we may be going through.  Proverbs 17:22 says, "A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones." I'm praying your weekend has been filled with joy and that sweet blessings come your way next week!


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    Creative Ways Link Party #53 and Features

    Happy wet and rainy Wednesday to you! I'm not sure what the weather is like where you are, but we're kind of feeling like we need to start building an ark! I do love me some rainy days, but even I am getting a little tired of the daily showers and storms... especially the thunderstorms. I'm not what you'd call an outdoorsy person, but it does put a damper on my homebody mood to open the blinds to gray skies day after day. I know in the dog days of summer I will regret my lamenting. Okay, enough about my gloomy mood. You all came here to party! Maybe seeing all the wonderful posts you share here at the Creative Ways Link Party will lift my spirits! It really does thrill my heart to see you here each week.


    Before we see what you've been working on, let's take a look at the features I chose from last week's party...

    Simply Suzanne's at Home brought this beautiful and delicious Chicken Salad with Citrus Pepper Dressing to the party. I love the addition of the pansies... it adds that special touch!
    I'm loving this Upcycled Faucet Handle Towel Rack by Refresh Living. What a unique piece for the bathroom! I could see it in a mudroom or at a lake house too!

    This Toll House Crumbcake by Colletta's Kitchen Sink is seriously making me drool! I'd love to have a pan of this right now... to help with the rainy day blues ;-)

    Farmhouse 40 shared her 4 Quick Tips for a Spring Vignette. Love the layering and the pretty, bright colors! 

    These Grilled Honey & Lemon Chicken Kabobs by Bitz n Giggles look like the perfect late spring dinner. The combo of honey and lemon with chicken sounds divine!  

    Spot of Tea Designs shared this adorable Under the Sea Quiet Book that she made for her darling daughter. While I don't have any littles at home anymore, I thought this would make a super gift for baby showers and birthday parties.

    Speaking of parties, who wouldn't love to get a pretty gift like this? I love, love, love these Tissue Paper Flowers by One Little Project. It's amazing how much they dress up a simple package. 

    If you missed these wonderful posts, be sure to click through their links to check them out! 

    To see some of the past features, check out my Creative Ways Link Party Features Board on Pinterest. I'm hoping that will bring your posts even more exposure! I hope you'll follow along! 


    Link Party Guidelines
    • Please link up to 3 of your family-friendly DIY Projects, Crafts or Recipes...your Creative Ways
    • Please link to a specific post on your blog, not just your home page.
    • Please do not link up Etsy shops or giveaways.
    • Please follow Posed Perfection by clicking on one of my pretty, colorful buttons on the sidebar, and let me know so I can follow you back.
    • I'd love for you to add the party button to your post, a visible link back on your post, or a link on a party page. We want your creative friends to join us too!
    • Be sure to visit at least 2 links and leave some comment love. 
    • By linking up to this party, your are giving authorization for your projects/recipes to be featured with a photo and a link back to your blog.
      Posed Perfection
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      Would you like to get notifications for the Creative Ways Link Party posts and the other recipes and projects I post throughout the week? Make sure you SIGN UP TO GET EMAILS delivered right to your mailbox so you don't miss a thing! You'll find the place to follow right under the pretty social media buttons on the sidebar. I can't wait to see all your Creative Ways!

      Remember, this is a party... be sure to mingle! Please don't link up and run. Visit a couple of the posts above yours and just practice kindness. We all want to hear, "Great job!"
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