April 1, 2015

Franks & Beans

FRANKS! AND! BEANS!! I can’t hear that without thinking about the movie Something About Mary. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you probably don’t know why I’m using my ALL CAPS VOICE. If you do know what I’m talking about, you’re already laughing :)

I couldn't decide whether to call this Beanie Weenies or Franks & Beans but since I’m pretty sure you know what both of those mean, it prolly doesn't matter. And since “Beanie Weenies” might be trademarked somewhere and since FRANKS! AND! BEANS!! makes me laugh, I’m going with the latter.

Is this some culinary masterpiece? NO.

Did my family gobble it, ask for seconds AND ask to have it for lunch the next day? YES.

So guess what? That makes it a winner at my house!

I used the base recipe for my Southern-Style Baked Beans and added hot dog wieners. I bought two packs of hot dogs to use thinking I’d need both but I only needed one. So you know what that means? I fed my family TWICE on one pack of franks. Holla!

Guess what’s going in my Oh Crap We Don’t Get Paid Till Next Friday So What Can I Cook On The Cheap file? You got it. FRANKS! AND! BEANS!!

Family-friendly Franks & Beans! Make these on the stove or in a crock pot. Love me some Beanie Weenies!

Family-friendly Franks & Beans! Make these on the stove or in a crock pot. Love me some Beanie Weenies!

Franks & Beans
1 10-ct. package (1-lb) hot dog wieners
2 28-oz. cans cheap-o pork n’ beans
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 cup barbeque sauce
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon yellow mustard
1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
A few drops Liquid Smoke (optional)
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Open each can of beans and pour off all the standing liquid in the top of the can. Discard liquid and add beans to a pan. Add ketchup, barbeque sauce, brown sugar, mustard, worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke, garlic and pepper and gently stir to combine.

Cut hot dogs into bite-sized pieces and add to beans. Heat beans over medium-high heat until liquid starts to boil then reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 30 minutes.

Crock Pot Preparation:
Follow the above directions using a crock pot and heat on low for 3-4 hours or high for 2-3 hours.

Notes:
  • Don’t use “baked beans” or “barbeque beans” or anything fancy like that as they’re already jazzed up. You just want plain jane, inexpensive "pork n' beans". I usually buy Van Camp’s (Libby’s in Canada). ALSO, be sure to keep the cans upright until you’re ready to cook. You want all the liquid to settle on top so you can pour it off.
  • I am a diehard fan of classic Oscar Mayer wieners (not all-beef or jumbo or fat-free or chocolate dipped or anything special – just classic wieners).
  • You can use 10 regular or 8 bun-length wieners.

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Family-friendly Franks & Beans! Make these on the stove or in a crock pot. Love me some Beanie Weenies!


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13 comments:

  1. When I saw Franks and Beans I thought of that movie by Mel Brooks :Blazing Saddles .. LOL

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  2. Dad used to call these “Tube steaks… with a side of G.I. warriors” (Gastro-Intestinal). This was a staple in our home. It seems that we were broke more then we were fixed.
    In New York City, where I grew up, barbeque sauce and liquid smoke may as well have been from a distant planet. They were nonexistent. I used to doctor these up with what was on-hand, maple syrup and hot/spicy mustard. I still do to this day.

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  3. We used to have these all the time. The only difference is that we added chopped onion and bell pepper, and we baked it in the oven on 350º for 30-40 minutes. You can also dress it up a bit by adding kielbasa or sausage. My kids loved it. I think I need to add this to the menu in the near future.

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  4. Growing up I thought my daddy invented this recipe! My family still eats this only we keep it simple. Diced onions and bacon (Mandy shame on you for leaving out the bacon!). Brown the chopped bacon and onions, toss in the dogs, stir it around til they're all browned then dump in the beans, undrained. Heat and add a big old spoon of brown sugar to taste. Delish!

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    1. I used to make this for the kids I babysat. They thought it was the best thing they ever had. I thought I had invented it myself because I needed to make something quick and easy that kids would like. When I make it now, I use beef sausage or kielbasa, and I also dress it up with some other ingredients. When I take it to pot luck dinners or cookouts, it's always a hit and I have not ney bean left in the pot.

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  5. My recipe exactly (well, as exact as it can be since I've never measured anything when I mix this up!) The only difference is onion. Usually it is minced/dried onions because that is what I can sneak past my onion-phobic child, however, I have used minced fresh onions or even onion powder in an emergency. A huge favorite in our house!

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  6. I made these for my husband this week. He loved them. Thank you so much!

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  7. I always add a spoon of butter, it makes the sauce so good, to cans of beans without weenies also!

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  8. When was raising my family, I made homemade baked beans to serve next to hot dogs. A couple of days later I would serve beans and franks with homemade mac and cheese. Your recipe looks easier, which is more my speed now, and very delicious. My family of 6 which now includes 2 sons in law would enjoy this.

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  9. Can you freeze leftover Frank and beans

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  10. We used to have this all the time growing up and I served it to my kids! Sometimes, I would fry up the hot dogs till a bit browned and then add them to the beans..Yum tastes like they came off the grill

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  11. My family did a lot of tent camping when I was a kid, and "beenies and weans" was a must on the camp menu. The weird name stuck when Mom once mispronounced the words. I still love beenies and weans.

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  12. Any time I do a search for a particular recipe and you come up in the feed, I know I'm in good hands! I'm fixing this for dinner over the weekend with cornbread and fried potatoes. CAN NOT WAIT!!

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