This is one of my Go-To recipes for a potluck or BBQ.  I was given the recipe in 1986 at a Missions Dinner in Sand Springs, OK.  Everyone loves it and I eat ridiculous amounts of it.

This recipe doubles very well for a crowd.  I make a double batch of the recipe below that fills a medium sized crockpot.

To make a meat-free version, brown up the onions in a little oil and use vegetarian baked beans (otherwise, they’ll have a big hunk of pig fat in them).  I’ve never used meat  substitute before but I bet it’s be good with this sauce.

Brown:
1/2 lb. ground beef
1 onion chopped (I used frozen chopped onion in a bag this time)
1/2 lb. bacon (I cheat and use the pre-cooked kind so I add it after the meat and onion are browned and heat a little longer)

Mix together then add to meat mixture:
1/2 C. white sugar
1/3 C brown sugar
1/2 C. Catsup
1/4 C. BBQ sauce
2 Tbl. prepared mustard
2 Tbl. molassess
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp. pepper

Add to the above mixture:
3 cans baked beans (I use large cans but if you want an even meatier option, use regular size)

Cook:
If you want to serve it right away, heat through in the pan on the stovetop and serve it in the pot, a serving dish or keep warm in a crockpot.  It’s great as it.  This is how I always do it.

*or* Pour it all into a lightly greased (PAMed) oven-proof serving dish and bake for one hour at 350

*or* Pour into a lightly greased crockpot and cook 6 hours or overnight on low

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