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The idea behind the baked beans was really in part a nod to our inspiration for the concept behind Bark, " says Josh Sharkey, chef and co-owner of Bark Hot Dogs in Brooklyn's Park Slope.

The idea behind the baked beans was really in part a nod to our inspiration for the concept behind Bark, ” says Josh Sharkey, chef and co-owner of Bark Hot Dogs in Brooklyn’s Park Slope.

“We wanted to take a food item that is commonplace in American cuisine, something that everyone is familiar with, and enhance it without jeopardizing the integrity of the dish. Baked beans are beloved in American cuisine, but 99% of Americans are used to eating them out of a can, and we aimed to change that.”

Try these hearty baked beans alongside anything barbecued or in sausage form, and leave that can gathering dust in the pantry where it belongs.