Firstly, let me start off by saying that baked beans have never been my forte! In fact, a few years ago I tried to make them for a family cook-out and they were hard and sticky and too sweet. I’ve yet to live that down, particularly with my cousin, Jen. Secondly, I can’t stand the over the top sweetness of the store-bought varieties of baked beans. Considering that we are major bean eaters in my house, I had to conquer my fears and create a recipe that fit my troops….SLIGHTLY SWEET and TANGY with a SPICY KICK. Voila!