Are you bbq-ing up a storm this summer? Using the grill is a great way to keep the heat down and out of the house, and I’m obsessed with these baked beans to add as a side for everything this summer.

To keep our feminist puns going, The Bechdel Test is used not to season beans, but to “marinate” upon whether a work of fiction portrays women in a way that is sexist or plays up gender stereotypes. To pass the Bechdel test the work must have at least two women in the story, they have to talk to each other, and they have to talk about something other than a man. Trust me, our beans will only have you talking about how delicious they are.



4 slices of thick cut bacon

1 large diced onion

1 jalapeno

3 cans of beans

½ cup bbq sauce

¼ cup brown sugar

¼ cup vinegar



  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees
  2. Fry the bacon in a large pan and then remove the bacon, keeping the grease in the pan
  3. Add the jalapeño and onions to the pan and sauté for about 5 minutes until the onions are golden looking
  4. Add the beans and the rest of the ingredients to the pan and bring to a simmer for about 5 minutes
  5. Put the bacon on top of the beans in the pan and put in the oven for about 2 hours (make sure you have a heat proof pan!)

About the author

Alice Cash is the Marketing Manager for Jubilance by day and an award winning Theatre Director by night.  Leading the podcast Weekly Woman, she loves her candid conversations with women from all over the world about how they live and the amazing things they are doing to make a difference. Alice is also the editor of the bi-monthly newsletter the Jubilee, a blog dedicated to the power of female wellness especially concerning menstruation.  She’s worked in France creating theatre pieces and taught drama and filmmaking to women and children in Haiti.  She graduated from Georgetown University and holds two master degrees from NYU and The New School.  Alice has traveled to  40+ countries, including Tibet.  She is a New Yorker and can often be found in Central Park, searching out the best bubble tea, or directing a play, you never know where she’ll show up. @alicesadventuresinwonderworld
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