My newly married aunt and her hubby came to our neck of the woods last weekend to show off their new Boxer pup, Oscar. I do not really refer to them as my aunt and uncle because my aunt is only twelve years older than me and her husband is seven years younger than her – which makes her a “cougar” of sorts, huh?

While on the conversation of my blog, I discovered that Jake is the cook of their household, not because Linda can’t cook, but more because Jake likes his food prepared his way! Since I am a self-professed control freak, I completely understand where he is coming from!

He brought up a recipe for Old Fashioned Baked Beans that immediately caught my attention. He said it was hearty enough to eat as a meal and was a great dish for potlucks. He hopped on my laptop and emailed it to me right then and there.

I made the recipe the next evening for dinner and served it alongside a leafy salad and a loaf of french bread. They are sweet and savory and just all around delicious! I totally agree with him about these being a hit at potlucks, but they were also fantastic for a weeknight dinner!

If you are looking for a hearty, crowd pleasing dish…your search stops here, because these are that good! Thanks for sharing the recipe, Jake!

I did make a few changes to the recipe, but I will post the original recipe with my changes noted in italics.

Jake’s Old Fashioned Baked Beans


1/2 pound bacon
1/2 pound ground beef
1 large chopped onion
1 can kidney beans; 16 ounces
2 cans Bush’s Original baked Beans; 28 ounces each
1/4 cup ketchup
1/4 cup barbecue sauce (I used Sweet Baby Rays)
2 tablespoons molasses (I only used 1 tablespoon because molasses scares me)
1/4 teaspoon chili powder (I increased this to 1/2 teaspoon)
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup white sugar (I decreased this to 2/3 cup, but may decrease even more next time)
1/2 teaspoon Pepper
1/2 cup light brown sugar; lightly packed
2 tablespoons prepared mustard
1/2 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes (My addition)


1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

2. In skillet, brown bacon, ground beef and chopped onion.

3. Meanwhile mix together both sugars, ketchup, barbecue sauce, molasses, chili powder, salt, pepper, and mustard; set aside.

4. Drain off excess fat and mix with beans and sauce.

5. Bake uncovered at 350°F for 1 hour and 15 minutes.

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