How do you doctor up baked beans?

Yearning for some warm weather picnic-type foods like baked beans. What's your secret to the best tasting pot of baked beans? Start from scratch... all the way from soaking the beans? Based on canned ones? Molasses or maple syrup are well-known but do you add an unusual ingredient like say Coco-Cola? Shout-out about your recipe! Anyone eat 'em cold or maybe a cold baked bean sandwich?

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