Today is National Bacon Day, so here's a recipe that's cheap, easy, boozy and provides a hearty helping of Wisconsin personality.
I made it earlier this week and doubled the bacon, because I’m a glutton, and served it during a family dinner. My mother said it reminded her of "old fashioned baked beans" which was fitting because it was indeed made with SoulBoxer, a local, ready-to-pour Old Fashioned cocktail. My kids really liked it too because, well, bacon and because it has a tinge of sweetness. And remember: it’s fine for kids to eat food with alcohol in it, as long as the food is cooked.
"Boozy food is fun at holiday time," says Doug McKenzie, co-owner of SoulBoxer Cocktail Co. "After being cooked, it leaves a residual flavor behind and helps all of the other flavors meld together better."
SoulBoxer Bourbon Old Fashioned Bacon Baked Beans
2 large (15.75 ounce) cans of plain pork and beans
1/2 pound bacon (try Nueske’s to keep it local)
1 medium-size onion
Ground black pepper
SoulBoxer Bourbon Old Fashioned
Finely dice bacon and onion. In a 2-3 quart saucepan, begin frying bacon on medium heat. Add onion and sauce until onion is translucent. Turn up the heat to medium-high and add approximately 1/4 cup of SoulBoxer. Turn heat to low and add beans. Simmer for 30 minutes, covered, and occasionally add spices and a little more SoulBoxer.
Molly Snyder started writing and publishing her work at the age 10, when her community newspaper printed her poem, "The Unicorn.” Since then, she's expanded beyond the subject of mythical creatures and written in many different mediums but, nearest and dearest to her heart, thousands of articles for OnMilwaukee.
Molly is a regular contributor to FOX6 News and numerous radio stations as well as the co-host of "Dandelions: A Podcast For Women.” She's received five Milwaukee Press Club Awards, served as the Pfister Narrator and is the Wisconsin State Fair’s Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Champion of 2019.