Summertime is grilling time here in Oklahoma. This baked bean is a perfect side for backyard picnics, pool parties or brought to church suppers or potlucks! Plus, it is so delicious it could be your entire meal!
½ pound bacon, cooked and crumbled, reserve drippings
3 Tablespoons bacon drippings
1 medium sweet onion, diced tiny
3-4 cloves garlic, minced
1 red, yellow, orange or green bell pepper, sliced tiny, optional
2 jalapenos, stems removed, de-seeded, sliced tiny, optional
1 (28-ounce) can baked beans
1 (16-ounce) can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 (16-ounce) can butter beans (lima beans), rinsed and drained
1 pound miniature sausages, sliced into thirds
1 pound ham, sliced into small chunks
½ cup brown sugar
1/4 cup catsup
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
½ teaspoon dry mustard
Dash Worcestershire sauce
In a saucepan, sauté onion, garlic, and, if using bell pepper and jalapenos in reserved drippings until tender, about five minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer to a large bowl. Add remaining ingredients and stir well.
Pour into one 9x13 baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees F. for approximately 45-55 minutes, or until hot and bubbly. Serves 8.
Note: You can substitute ground beef or Italian sausage for the miniature sausage. Cook, drain, and rinse meat before adding to baked bean mixture.