The ultimate “set it and forget it” kitchen appliance has its place in the summer months as well. Rather than using sodium-laden canned baked beans, our easy, dump-and-stir version is fuss-free and the ultimate accompaniment to your backyard barbeque. Two varieties of beans lend pleasing texture and plant-powered protein. Adobo sauce and bacon build a smoky backbone, while juicy peaches and rich maple syrup add sweet contrast. A jolt of smoked paprika and a generous pour of bourbon enrich the beans with earthy, outdoor flavor. Bonus: They’ll stay warm in a covered slow cooker for up to 2 hours after being unplugged.
3 center-cut bacon slices, chopped
2 (15-oz.) cans unsalted cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
2 (15-oz.) cans unsalted pinto beans, drained and rinsed