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One of my favorite things to do is to cook for a crowd. I love being able to share food with my friends and loved ones for me, cooking, baking, eating equals LOVE. I also enjoy the tradition of a summer barbecue party, and with the fourth of July weekend having just passed, I was inspired to share one of my favorite summer potluck recipe, baked beans!
Baked beans are the best, they are syrupy and sweet, can be served hot or cold and customized to fit whatever you are grilling. For example, whenever my husband smokes ribs, chicken, brisket, I save some back and make a smoky, super meaty version for the next day. This recipe starts with a very basic recipe I always use and then add more stuff in for extra goodness.
I will start by saying I got most everything in this post from Aldi (I found the sauce in the back of my pantry and already had the mustard), we have one in our neighborhood, and I love shopping there since it is such a money saver. I definitely recommend this, but you can find everything at any store, I’m not a fan of using weird ingredients too often.
2 green peppers, chopped
2 green peppers, chopped
1 yellow onion, chopped
5-16 oz cans of pork n beans
4 links cheddar turkey sausages, chopped
1 cup barbecue sauce
2 TBS of yellow mustard
8 slices of bacon
What I did differently, was add the turkey sausages and a bit more vegetables than I usually do. I wanted a heartier side, and the party I was attending was part of my gym crowd, so I knew they would appreciate the additional protein and veggies.
Preheat oven to 325°. and get your veggies chopped, I then heated up my cast iron skillet and tossed a bit of bacon grease in there, not a ton, just enough to saute the vegetables a bit, you can also use butter or olive oil; just get the onions and peppers tender.
Chop up your turkey sausage, I slice and then quarter them, so they will go throughout the entire dish. Open and drain your five cans of pork and beans, then mix them together.
Add your sauce and mustard and give it a good stir, then add to your disposable tin pan and top with bacon slices that have been cut into quarters. This particular bacon was sliced really thin, so the slices got pretty crispy.
Bake for around two hours, honestly I wait till I start to smell the bacon and the sauce, then I check the consistency of them and want them to be syrup like.
So, folks, I am a new blogger and you can tell because I did not snap a picture of the final baked product!! I was headed for the door with two kids in tow and trying to beat the rain…so you will just have to try it for yourself. Take my word when I tell you it was, beautifully browned and bubbly, and completely gone by the end of the night. These beans were super hearty and could really stand on their own as a great campfire meal.
Did you try this? Make your own variation? Let me know in the comments below!