Ground beef and hot sausage elevate these well-seasoned Hearty Baked Beans to a new level. They are a tradition in our family at all barbecues and cook-outs.
My friend Larry called these Hearty Baked Beans “the best baked beans I ever had.” I don’t know if he was extra hungry. Maybe he was just appreciating food he didn’t have to make himself. Nevertheless, he’s a wonderful cook so I’m believing it. Here is the recipe as promised.
Since they contain ground beef and sausage, these beans are a meal in their own right. They’re also a tasty side for steaks, pork chops, burgers, etc. Serve them at your next cook-out. Take them to a potluck. Or, fix them for a sick neighbor or friend.
My favorite way to eat them is with potato chips using the beans as a dip. My family does likewise. Please advise if that is socially-unacceptable.
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- 5-6 slices bacon
- 1/2 pound ground beef
- 1/2 pound sausage (I like the HOT variety)
- 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
- 1/2 cup bell pepper, cored, seeded, and finely chopped (I like the red ones best)
- 2 16-ounce cans pork and beans
- 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 4 tablespoons brown sugar
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In large skillet, fry bacon until crispy. Remove from pan and discard grease.
- In same skillet, brown ground meat, draining off excess fat. Add onions and bell peppers. Cook until vegetables soften. Add pork and beans, barbecue sauce, ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce and brown sugar to the meat and simmer for 5 minutes.
- Transfer beans to greased 2-quart dish. Crumble bacon over the top. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 45 minutes. Remove foil and continue to bake for an additional 10 minutes. Allow to stand an additional 10 minutes before serving.
*Cheap pork and beans work best as they tend to contain more liquid making the beans "juicier" after baked.
*Baking time will vary according to the depth of the baking dish you choose. Flatter dishes require less time. Beans will thicken some after removing from oven.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1 serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 329 Total Fat: 14g Saturated Fat: 5g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 8g Cholesterol: 53mg Sodium: 1108mg Carbohydrates: 34g Fiber: 6g Sugar: 13g Protein: 18g
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