Lots of people think of baked beans as a molasses-flavored dish, but molasses is really only one option in this barbecue-picnic standby. Honey is a wonderful way to help sweeten baked beans while producing something a little different from the norm.
Because honey is not as strong-tasting as molasses, it can open you up to an interesting variety of flavors. Lots of chipotle-, mesquite-, rum-, and bourbon-flavored bean recipes call for honey, often in addition to, but sometimes instead of, molasses.
Keep in mind that honey can produce a lighter end result. If your beans must be dark, use the darkest honey you can find. Buckwheat honey is one of darkest.