Homemade Baked Beans

Wow what a great week! The week went so fast, and now I am trying to get a few things caught up and switching gears for the Memorial Day weekend. How can it be Memorial Day already? Doesn't that mean summer and breaking out the sexy swimwear, or in my case the very modest full coverage swimsuit? YIKES!

My brother and his family are here this weekend. We will be celebrating my niece's birthday, heading to the Vandalia Gathering, and enjoying some summer food favorites, including baked beans.

Baked beans are something that I make a little differently every time. What goes in is greatly dependent on what I have on hand. One of my favorite recipes for baked beans to either follow or use as a general guide is Old Settler Beans.

Old Settler Beans
1/2 lb chopped bacon 1 onion, chopped
1/2 lb ground beef 1/4 smoked sausage, sliced
1/3 C ketchup 1/3 C white sugar
1 tsp liquid smoke squirt mustard
1/2 tsp pepper 1/2 tsp salt
16 oz kidney beans 32 oz can pork and beans
16 oz butter beans

Brown meats and onion together. Drain grease. Mix sugars, ketchup, mustard, liquid smoke, slat and pepper. Add meat misture and combine with beans in a large casserole. Bake covered at 350 for one hour, or simmer in the crock pot on low for four or more hours. Some of the ways I like to vary this is using BBQ sauce instead of the ketchup, liquid smoke and sugar, varying the combination of beans, or adding green pepper. I often just use bacon, but it really is better with the combination of meats. I usually use dry beans which does lower the cost of the dish. Using the variety of beans and meats gives the dish an interesting texture and color. The flavor is just delicious!

What summer favorites will you be making for the holiday weekend?

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Homemade Baked Beans + sauce