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
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)
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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