Beef and bacon baked beans

Loaded Baked Beans

Baked beans are a staple at most barbecues, and one of my favorites. But even with tons of beans, I knew I could up the ante by loading it with bacon, ground beef, and a few other flavors.

This recipe is really simple, and once you cook the beef, bacon, pepper and onion, you could dump everything into the crockpot and let it cook, or just let it simmer on the stove per the directions below. If you’re lucky enough to have leftovers like I was, this is great cold (if you’re lazy), or reheated. To make this, I used one of my favorite brands of BBQ sauce, Stubb’s, and tried the “Sweet Heat” flavor. Definitely a solid choice, but use any sauce you want.

Loaded Baked Beans

Serves 8
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 1 hour, 15 minutes
Total time 1 hour, 30 minutes
Meal type Side Dish
Misc Serve Hot
Occasion Barbecue
These baked beans are sweet with a hint of heat, and loaded with beef, bacon and a shot of whiskey for flavor. A perfect side for any barbecue.

Ingredients

  • 1lb ground beef
  • 5 pieces thick-cut bacon (diced)
  • 1 Medium onion (diced)
  • 1 red pepper (diced)
  • 1 shot Jack Daniels whiskey (totally optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 56oz beans (I used 1 28-oz can of chili beans, 1 14-oz can of butter beans, and 1 14-oz can of white (cannelini) beans)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 cup barbeque sauce
  • 1 jar Heinz chili sauce
  • water (if needed to thin)
  • kosher salt & freshly ground pepper
  • dash cayenne pepper

Directions

Step 1
On medium-high heat, brown the bacon, then add the ground beef until cooked through.
Step 2
Add the chopped onions and red pepper and saute until they begin to cook down (about 5 minutes).
Step 3
Add the shot of whiskey and apple cider vinegar and cook for an additional minute.
Step 4
Add all the remaining ingredients and bring the mixture to a boil, stirring to prevent burning.
Step 5
Lower heat to a simmer and cook for an additional 1-2 hours, stirring occasionally.

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