The Shady Porch: Slow Cooker Party Beans...best "baked" beans ever!

7.02.2013

Slow Cooker Party Beans...best "baked" beans ever!

Slow Cooker Party Beans...best baked beans ever! #sidedish #bakedbeans #partybeans #entree #crockpot #slowcookerFor years, I held the honorary title for making the best baked beans in the family. I used the recipe from my beloved "What's Cooking In Kentucky" cookbook. However, one day my brother came home from a trip to Louisiana, and told me he'd found a better recipe. Suffice it to say that I was more than a little put out! I grilled him for a sufficient amount of time to get the main components of the dish. I started on a quest to find this alleged better dish, to recreate it, and to see for myself if it could be true. It was a challenge, but I was successful...on all phases, and I now hold the family title of best baked beans with a completely different recipe! It is time to pass the good news along.

I've gotten in the habit of preparing this in a slow cooker since it is so convenient to lock the lid and transport it to our various functions, but it can be baked in the traditional method. 



Slow Cooker Party Beans...best baked beans ever! #sidedish #bakedbeans #partybeans #entree #crockpot #slowcooker

Slow Cooker Party Beans
1 envelope of onion soup mix
1 cup BBQ sauce (your favorite; we use Sweet Baby Rays)
1-1.5 lb ground sirloin, cooked and drained (whatever cut of ground beef you prefer)
1 lb. bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 cup of chopped onion, optional (cook with the ground beef)
1 cup brown sugar (we use Splenda brown sugar)
15 oz can Baked beans (I do not drain the baked beans)
15 oz can of Navy or Northern beans, drained
15 oz can of Butter beans, drained
* to make it spicy add 3 T. of hot pepper sauce and a can of green chilies or jalapenos)


Slow Cooker Party Beans...best baked beans ever!  by The Shady Porch

Directions: Fry the ground sirloin and onion until done, set aside. Fry the bacon, crumble it and set aside. Now mix all of the above ingredients in a large slow cooker. Since everything that really needs to be is already cooked, this is just a matter of heating it through. I like to prepare it the night before and then put it on to cook the morning of our event for about 3-4 hours on low.
To bake - preheat oven to 350 and bake uncovered for 1 hour. (serves 12)

I've started using 2 cans of each of the beans and leaving the remaining ingredients the same to double the recipe and it is still wonderfully flavorful. 
adapted from Allrecipes.com

 

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