Summertime, to me, means BBQ time!
Big family picnics, potlucks, and time spent lounging in the sun around the grill.
And my favorite addition to summer cookouts? My Great-Grandma Curly’s BBQ bean bake! When I think of my Grandma Curly, I remember how amazingly sweet and hospitable she was. She always had kool-aid and raisins on hand when we came to visit (I don’t think I can ever see either without thinking of my sweet Great-Grandma…), and loved to gather family for big outings. This bean bake was her signature dish!
This is no ordinary bean dish, my friends. It is salty, sweet, meaty, and oh-so-good. There are some similar recipes to this floating around the web, but I promise, Grandma Curly’s has a few changes you will absolutely LOVE.
Check out how she made it below!
First, let me say, after many years of making this, I don’t actually measure the ingredients. I just kind of toss a bunch of stuff in to the pot. So if you want to tweak the mustard to make it tangier, or increase the sugar- that is totally up to you. This is a very versatile recipe that adapts to changes beautifully.
The best part about this recipe is that it gets tastier over time. Leftovers don’t last long in my house- they are gobbled up quickly!
What are YOUR favorite cookout recipes? Do you have a great one on your blog, or a favorite you are dying to share? Leave a link to your below so I can be sure to pin it!
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 lb bacon
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 1/4 cup bbq sauce
- 2 tablespoons molasses
- 2 tablespoons mustard
- 1 15 ounce can kidney beans
- 1 15 ounce can pork and beans
- 1 15 ounce can butter beans
- First, cut the bacon up into small bits and sautee until crisp. Remove from pan and reserve.
- Next, sautee diced onions in the pot until translucent, or slightly brown. Remove and set aside with bacon.
- Then, brown the ground beef in stages, and reserve with bacon and onion when brown. (You can toss in the whole pound of ground beef, but it is easier to brown it in smaller stages.)
- Finally, toss the onions, bacon, beef and the rest of the ingredients into a deep casserole pan and bake at 350 for 1 hour.
- Serve as a side to meat, and enjoy!