"This slow Cooker BBQ bean recipe with smoked sausage, bacon and ground beef is the perfect side dish for feeding a crowd!"
1 20-oz. bag Hurst’s 15 BEAN SOUP® dried bean mix
6 cups water
1 large onion, diced
1 pound ground beef
1 pound bacon
2 pounds smoked sausage
1 1/2 cups barbeque sauce
1 cup ketchup
1/4 cup molasses
1/4 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons spicy brown mustard
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
This recipe is intended as a side dish. It was created to taste a lot like Southern-style baked beans. I read a comment where someone said this was too rich to be an entrée so it occurred to me I might better point out that I created this dish to be both rich and slightly sweet as it is not a main dish, but a side.
This is a dish I serve at cookouts and barbeques that is amazing served alongside hearty meats (particularly smoked or grilled). This isn’t something I’d sit down to eat with a spoon like chili or stew.
Using less than the four pounds of meat OR using canned (sauced) beans could result in the dish tasting too sweet. Reduce the amount of BBQ sauce, ketchup, brown sugar and/or molasses if you don't use the ingredients as written.
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Crumbled sausage would be amazing in this too!
Diced green peppers and/or jalapeños would also be great additions!
I drain my bacon (because bacon grease is LIFE and I save every drop) but I don't drain the ground beef. For a recipe this size, there really isn't a lot of fat here so I like the extra flavor and richness from the beefy pan drippings.