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Blue Ribbon Barbecued Baked Beans with Sausage, Beef and Bacon

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I never cared for beans when I was a kid. I know, shocker, right? Ha! 😀 Yes, I was a picky eater! But when I first tried Great Aunt Bessie’s baked beans, (a friend of the family that we all thought of as family), everything changed from that moment on!  

I had never had them with hamburger in them! And they had a slightly sweet barbecue flavor that made your eyes roll back and sigh! These were awesome! I was madly in love! I even went back for seconds!

No one could believe it! Including me! Frankly, I could’ve almost eaten just a bowl of those beans and been perfectly satisfied….except for maybe a fresh ear of corn on the cob and a sweet, juicy, wedge of watermelon! 😉  


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Now, though these sound like they include everything but the kitchen sink, you probably already have almost everything you need right on hand and they’re very easy to make! So don’t look at the list and run away, ok? I wouldn’t want you to miss out on these!! 😉  

The list did grow “a bit” once I got my copy of her recipe, though. Tweaking here and there and adding extra goodies and spices! Before Great Aunt Bessie passed away, she got to try my version and said she liked mine even better! She asked me to send her a copy of my version and that I did. 😉 She was the sweetest, kindest lady you could possibly ever meet. And when she hugged you, she was a big hugger, this 4 foot tall woman could crush the ribs of a 6 foot tall man! 😀 We all loved her that much more for that! 


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So this recipe has really made it’s rounds through many families and generations. Each person adding their own special touches, and some of us even earning awards and ribbons for them. So I suggest to you, to make them “as is” the first time, then after they have baked and you get to try them, experiment on your own with them designing them to suit you and your own family’s tastes and likes! That’s the fun of recipes! Always think of them as a starting point, then take them wherever you want them to go! 😉

I hope this recipe starts a new tradition at your next barbecue! And if taking them to a special event, you might want to bring along a few copies of the recipe! You will surely be asked for it, I promise! 😀 Hope these bring you much joy this summer! Have a fantastic day! 😀   




Makes one 2 1/2 quart dish


1/2 lb. lean ground beef, sautéed and drained

1/4 lb. mild, hot or sweet italian sausage, sautéed and drained

4 strips lean quality bacon cooked crisp, torn into small 1/2″ pieces, I like Wright’s Naturally Smoked Applewood Bacon

1 medium onion, coarse chopped

3 (15 oz.) cans Van Camp’s Pork and Beans in Tomato Sauce, pour off liquid on top

1/2 cup ketchup, I like Hunt’s

2 Tbl. worcestershire sauce

2 Tbl. apple cider vinegar

1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar

1 tsp. molasses

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. dry mustard

1 tsp. sriracha sauce

1/2 Tbl. + 2 tsp. chili powder

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1/4 cup mild or medium salsa



In large deep frying pan, sauté ground beef, sausage and onion until meats are no longer pink breaking up well as they cook. Drain grease well. Stir in rest of  ingredients *except beans, until well mixed.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Pour off juices accumulated on tops of cans and fold beans in gently until well combined. Spray a 2 1/2 quart baking dish and pour/spoon beans into baking dish and cover.

Place into preheated oven, covered, and bake for 50 minutes to an hour. Stir, leave uncovered, and reduce heat to 325 degrees. Bake for another 15 minutes. Remove from oven and stir again.

Serve hot. Goes really well with anything barbecued such as chicken or ribs, and a side salad such as potato or pasta salad, cole slaw, or fruit salad.  Corn on the cob is also a nice accompaniment. 

*Beans can also be made in a crock pot. 




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Chino Chulageorge

Tuesday 22nd of March 2016

I'm sure this would go GREAT with Romano's Hoagies...thank god I have the REAL cheese mixture from the mouth of one of the cooks. Have been trying to reach you with negative results. You have my e-mail address, please respond and verify you are Kelly Williams for NW Indiana...I will divulge it to you. Looking forward to being able to tell my secret. The mozz/Swiss mixture isn't bad...but it's not it.


Wednesday 23rd of March 2016

Thanks so much, Chino!! How about I make the beans and we trade for a couple of those hoagies!!!! :D :D GOSH they were good!!!! :D And I'd LOVE to know their secret blend! I've tried mozz and swiss, and sometimes a little monterey jack in there, but it's still not quite the same as theirs was! They were DA BEST!! :D

randi palmer

Saturday 25th of October 2014

can you let us put this on pinterest?


Thursday 2nd of July 2015

I'd love it if you pinned it! Thanks! :D

Mary Ann O'Boyle

Wednesday 9th of April 2014

I am SO enjoying your recipes! I feature them often on my recipe page. Would you be so kind as to provide a LINK to the Apple Sweet Tea BBQed Chicken? I did a search on your site, but couldn't find it. Thank you!


Thursday 10th of April 2014

Just got this message and I see that you found it! :D (I just posted it today!) :D Happy to hear that it peaked your curiosity! Hope you enjoy! :)