Beans have a bad reputation. I know it, and I'm here to stick up for them. I love beans. I love them in soup. I love green beans. I love chili beans. I love white beans. I love.. well you get the picture. And they don't have to taste awful. When you make beans for a cookout or bigger gathering they don't have to be the basic beans, brown sugar and pineapple concoction. (No offense to them, my Grandma's were delicious.)
Give this recipe a try, you won't be sorry! (they do take a lot of time to cook, but after the initial prep they do the work themselves and people will rave about them.)
Crockpot Barbecue Beans
32oz dried pinto beans
2 lbs ground beef, browned and drained
1 c. crumbled cooked bacon
1 medium onion, diced
2 16oz bottles of Wegmans Carolina Style Barbecue Sauce (or make your own but I don't do well with liquid smoke so I rely on good old Wegmans)
1 c. Ketchup
1 1/4 c. Brown Sugar, packed
1/2 c. water
1 Tbsp yellow mustard
1/2 tspn ground cayenne pepper
1/2 tspn salt
In a large mixing bowl, cover the pinto beans with boiling water and soak overnight (at least 8-10 hours) and then drain and rinse. In the crockpot mix together all the ingredients. Cook them on high for 8-10 hours, or until beans are soft, but not mushy.
If you like more kick, feel free to add more cayenne! These are the perfect dish for a family gathering. They are also full of protein so you could actually serve them along side a nice salad and roll for dinner.