I made these as is, and they really deserve the five stars! They had an excellent balance of sweet and tangy, and my son and I loved them! A few people have mentioned how sweet these are. They are very very sweet. But as a side with a salty meat and non-sweet salad and dressing, thise was actually a good foil. On their own, they might be too sweet.
You may wonder about the 4 instead of five stars. I loved the idea of beans that did not require bacon or salt pork. And they were good as is. However, I felt like the smoky flavour that these cured pork products bring was truly missing, even though the syrup does bring a modicum of smokiness to the recipe. I ended up adding one teaspoon of smoked paprika. This gave them a more apparent, albeit mild, smoky flavour without being overpowering, and without the need for adding fat through smoked meats. This really did add to the overall depth of the flavour.
Having said that, even as is these are pretty good!
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I made these as is, and they really deserve the five stars! They had an excellent balance of...