Game Day Recipes: Week 5 - BBQ Beans

The calender now says October. As the football season heats up, the temperature is finally starting to fall. In accordance with the changing season, this week's Game Day recipe is a hot and hearty dish that works equally well as a side dish or main course.

This bean recipe is borrowed from my in-laws. It's a staple at their summer cookouts. They call it 4 bean casserole, but it has the consistency of a thick Midwestern chili. The only alteration I made to their recipe was substituting BBQ sauce for a portion of the ketchup that the recipe requires.
Above is everything you need for this hearty bean recipe. I also like to add some heat with jalapenos.

Start by browning 1 lb of ground beef and one large diced onion in a four quart sauce sauce pan. Drain the fat from the pan after the beef is cooked.

Add a can of diced tomatoes, 1 cup of brown sugar, 1/4 cup of ketchup and 1/4 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce. Stir thoroughly and allow to simmer for a couple minutes.

Add four cans of beans (drained). The choice of beans is yours. I used light kidney, dark kidney, black and great northern beans. Allow the beans to simmer for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

I love these beans as a side dish for pork and chicken BBQ. However, served with cornbread, they're equally as good as a main dish. We often top them with shredded cheese and jalapeno peppers.

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