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.

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)

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