The Best Country Style Baked Beans
As every Southern knows, potlucks are a thing of the south. We have potlucks for any occasion. In fact, we look for reasons to have them. When I was a young wife we used to have potlucks at my place of work on a regular basis. I remember I wanted to be the best cook I could be for my husband, so I was always looking for ways to improve.
Now, it’s not truly a potluck if someone doesn’t bring baked beans and usually there are several different varieties of them. Every time we would have one of these social gatherings, I would have a sample of every baked bean dish that was there, pick out the ones I liked, and ask the person who brought them how they were made. I would then go home and try out the parts I wanted in my own baked beans.
Out of this research experiment, I developed my famous baked beans. This recipe is very simple and everyone loves them. I can’t go to a potluck without people saying, “Did you bring your beans?” Don’t plan on bringing any home, there won’t be any left!
These beans have a sweet and savory flavor that everyone will love! They go great with any meal.
- 2 cans pork and beans (Showboat is the best)
- 1/3 cup finely chopped onion
- 1/4 pound ground beef
- 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 1/2 teaspoon prepared yellow mustard
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
- Optional: finely chopped green pepper
- Optional: fresh parsley for garnish
Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Step 2: Brown ground beef and onions on medium heat, drain and set to the side (If you want to add green pepper, add them here)
Step 3: In a 2 quart baking dish, add pork and beans, light brown sugar, ketchup, mustard, black pepper, garlic salt and mix well until brown sugar is dissolved
Step 4: Add browned ground beef and onions to the bean mixture and stir
Step 5: Place in a 350 degree oven for 45 minutes (Your house will smell great!)
Step 6: Let cool for about 5 minutes before serving and enjoy
The green pepper adds variety to this dish.
These are great as leftovers, not that you will have any.
This dish is great with any meal. They are great for bar-b-ques, family reunions, and potlucks. If you need to serve a larger crowd, double or triple the recipe and place them in a crock pot to keep them warm.