Baked Beans with Sweet and Spicy Sausage
Labor Day is already here! How did that happen? I feel like I just blinked and Summer is over, the kids have gone back to school and the house is so quiet again. We normally go to the lake with friends for the Labor Day weekend but this year I think we will just hang at the house. We may invite friends and family over to grill out but we will definitely have some amazing food. One of my favorite things is to cook for my family. So that always gets me thinking about Labor Day menus. One of the things I always make is baked beans with sausage. It goes with anything and everybody loves it. No matter what else I put on the Labor Day menu, my sweet and spicy baked beans come first!
There are so many baked bean recipes. I’ve tried tons of them but these are by far my favorite and you can always adjust according to your own taste. The recipe uses 3-4 cans of barbecued beans. This is where you can adjust as you like. I used a can of Maple Cured Bacon Beans and Bold and Spicy along with a can of seasoned black beans but you can use any kind you like. There are so many options! Just pick what makes you happy. They always taste great no matter which brand or variety I choose. The same goes with the barbecue sauce. I used the Sweet and Spicy Chipotle but other options are Mesquite, or Honey Barbecue. It all works! Also, for the sausage, you can’t buy half pounds so I just normally brown a pound of each and then half them putting the unused half away for future use. It freezes very well.
- 1 can black beans
- 1 can dark kidney beans
- 2 large cans barbecue beans of your choice (I usually mix it up)
- 1 small yellow onion
- 1/2 lb maple flavored ground sausage
- 1/2 lb hot ground sausage
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
Mix the two sausages together and brown in a large, deep skillet. Remove from pan and drain but leaving about a tablespoon of the grease in the pan. Add the onion, garlic, black and red pepper and cook until tender. Add back the sausage and all other ingredients. Bring to a simmer stirring occasionally. Transfer to a casserole dish and bake approximately 30 minutes or longer at 350 degrees to marry all the flavors. The longer you cook the thicker the beans will be.
What’s your favorite Labor Day dish?
I hope you guys enjoy and have a super fun Labor Day! Let me know how it goes!!