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I’ve saved this recipe for ten years. It takes me back to a sunny Easter Sunday lunch surrounded by friends and church family on a green hillside in California. I remember kids running around, games of horseshoes, and these amazing baked beans. I immediately requested the recipe and the I’ve never met a pot of beans since that I liked better than these.
You’ll be excited to hear that this dish can be made on the stovetop, in the oven, or in the crockpot. It makes a nice big batch for a crowd and is easily doubled. It’s rustic and satisfying with big butter beans mixed with smoky bacon, hearty ground beef, and rich molasses. I hope you’ll make your own memories with this recipe.
In a large pot or dutch oven over medium heat, cook the bacon first, until browned and crisp. Remove from the pot with a slotted spoon onto paper towels to drain. Add onions to the bacon grease and cook until opaque and golden, about 4 minutes. Remove to drain on paper towels with a slotted spoon. Then add beef to the pot and brown. Drain in a colander.
Return bacon, onions and beef to the pot over medium heat. Add the rest of the ingredients to the pot and stir to combine.
For Stovetop: Cover and cook on low, simmering, for at least one hour.
For Oven: Cover and bake at 275 for one hour.
For Slow-Cooker: Transfer contents of pot to crock, cover, and cook on low for 2 hours.
Note: if your barbecue sauce is on the sweet side, you may want to cut the brown sugar down to 1/4c. I used a moderately spicy barbecue sauce and it was perfect.
Serving suggestion: I served mine with grilled tri-tip and a green salad with Buttermilk Dressing.
Wow, and I always thought I did nor care too much for Baked Beans, but I can't wait to try this recipe this weekend. I am sure it will be one of my Easter Dinner spotlight dishes this year also.
Thanks for reintroducing me to an exciting yummy Baked Beans recipe.
Hopefully I can find a beautiful green dish to serve them in just like yours!
Sherry in Florida