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Boston Bean Dogs

When it comes to topping hot dogs, why should ketchup or mustard be all there is to choose from? Practically all of the world can be your hot dog topper. Boston Bean Dogs take inspiration from the classic New England dish. Much like canned pork and beans, these sweet and tangy beans complement the salty, savory dogs.


8 servings

Total Time

30 minutes

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Test Kitchen Tip

You can make the beans ahead, then just warm them up before you’re ready to eat. It’s also easy to double the recipe if you want a quick and easy any time side dish.


Cook bacon in a saucepan until crisp; transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate and pour off all but 1 Tbsp. drippings.

Sauté ¼ cup onion and garlic in drippings over medium-high heat until softened.

Deglaze pan with water, scraping up any brown bits, then stir in maple syrup, molasses, vinegar, and mustard. Add beans, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer beans until heated through and sauce is syrupy, about 10 minutes.

Serve hot dogs in buns topped with beans, onion, and bell pepper.

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