Pressure Cooker Baked Beans

Baked bean flavor without the oven, ready in less than an hour.

1 lb dried navy beans
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
4 slices bacon, diced
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 cup cider vinegar
1/2 cup tomato based barbecue sauce
1/3 cup ketchup
1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
2 Tbs Dijon mustard
1 tsp coarse salt
1 tsp smoked paprika
1/4 tsp hot sauce, such as Tabasco, if desired
2 1/2 cups water or broth of choice

1. The day before, rinse and drain the navy beans. Cover with water in a large pot, and let soak over night. Rinse and drain again. If you don’t have time to start the day before, or simply forget, follow this alternative method: Rinse and drain the beans. In a large pot, cover by 2 inches with water and bring to a boil. Remove from heat, and let stand covered for 1 1/2 hours. Or, if you have even less time, for each cup of beans, add them to the cooker with 4 cups of water and 1 tsp. salt. Pressure cook for 4 minutes. Let stand unopened 10 minutes, then carefully vent, drain, and rinse.
2. After your beans have been soaked, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat, and add vegetable oil. Add the bacon, onion, and garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are soft and fat is rendered from bacon, 8 to 10 minutes. (Reduce heat to medium if the onion and garlic start to brown.)
3. Add all remaining ingredients, except beans and broth or water, stirring into the onions to combine.
4. Drain the beans, and transfer to the pressure cooker. Add the onion mixture and stir in the broth or water. Cover, make sure the release valve is closed, and select the stew option. Cook 30 minutes. Release the steam and check to make sure the beans are as tender as you like and the sauce is nicely thickened. You may choose to “stew” a little longer if you want the beans more tender or “cook” a little longer with the lid off if you want to thicken the sauce. If the sauce is too thick for your liking add a little water. Choose the “keep warm” setting if it’s not yet time to eat.

Servings: 10

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