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Better than Bush's Baked Beans

I think most people would agree that Bush's baked beans are good. I was hesitant to try making homemade baked beans because it's hard to improve on something that everyone already likes. But I decided to try to make them anyway, and they are really good! These are definitely better than store bought, and my family would agree.

Okay, so I guess this recipe is cheating a little. You do start out with store bought pork and beans. The secret is to add the bacon and hamburger to the store bought beans and it turns plain pork and beans into a real treat. (If you are not using store bought canned beans than substitute 4 cups of cooked beans).


1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
2 (16-oz) cans pork and beans
1/2 c. barbecue sauce
1/2 c. ketchup
2 tbsp. spicy brown mustard
2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp. soy sauce
4 tbsp. brown sugar
6 slices bacon, cooked and cut into small pieces

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 13x9x2-inch baking dish.

baked beans

Brown hamburger in a frying pan, and add onion and bell pepper, cooking until vegetables are soft. Stir in the pork and beans, barbecue sauce, ketchup, mustard, soy sauce, and brown sugar. Simmer for a few minutes and then pour the hamburger and bean mixture into the greased casserole dish.

Arrange the bacon pieces on top and cover the dish with foil. Bake for 50 minutes, removing the foil for the last 10 minutes. Let the dish sit for 10-15 minutes before serving.

I served this bean dish at a family get together and they said these were the best beans they ever had. They ARE really good, give them a try!

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