November 16, 2017

Three Meat Crock Pot Cowboy Beans

I make all sorts of baked beans. I make my regular Cowboy Beans when we’re having a cookout and I want something with a little extra pizazz. I make my Boston Baked Beans when it’s cold and I have time to love on those suckers (it’s a process, lemme tell ya, but they’re worth it). And I make my Southern Style Baked Beans when I want that ‘wow factor’ from all the bacon on top!

But sometimes you got to pull out the big guns. Sometimes you want to make something that’s going to make a scene! One of those dishes that, when someone walks by at a pig pickin’, they stop in their tracks and cause a pileup in the buffet line.

That’s what this recipe is. It’s a triple-threat with ground beef AND bacon AND smoked sausage. If you’re looking to make a super hearty, scratch-made barbeque bean recipe, this is the recipe for you! As I usually do, I started with Hurst’s beans because I sincerely LOVE the 15 Bean blend but also because I knew the ham flavored seasoning packet would ratchet up the meaty flavor factor even more.

If you can’t find the 15-bean soup mix in your local grocery store, ask for it! My grocery store now carries all sorts of products they didn’t have before simply because I asked for them. Just ask the cashier who to talk to to request a product and s/he will point you in the right direction. My store has a list at the Customer Service desk where they notate products their customers' request.

Three Meat Crock Pot Cowboy Beans | BBQ beans with smoked sausage, bacon and ground beef!

Three Meat Crock Pot Cowboy Beans | BBQ beans with smoked sausage, bacon and ground beef!

Three Meat Crock Pot Cowboy Beans | BBQ beans with smoked sausage, bacon and ground beef!

Three Meat Crock Pot Cowboy Beans | BBQ beans with smoked sausage, bacon and ground beef!


Three Meat Crock Pot Cowboy Beans
1 20-oz. bag Hurst’s 15 Bean Soup dried bean mix
6 cups water
1 large onion, diced
1 pound ground beef
Salt & pepper
1 pound bacon
2 pounds smoked sausage
1 1/2 cups barbeque sauce
1 cup ketchup
1/4 cup molasses
1/4 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons spicy brown mustard
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)

Add beans (with seasoning packet) and water to a large crock pot then cook for 4-6 hours on high or until beans are tender.

Meanwhile, cook onions with ground beef until beef is cooked through, seasoning with salt and pepper. Cut bacon into small strips then cook until crispy and browned. Remove bacon from pan drippings. Cut smoked sausage into bite-sized pieces. Set aside ground beef, bacon and smoked sausage to add to the beans later. This can all be done the night before!

Once beans are tender, ladle out any excess liquid; set aside to use later if needed. Add salt and pepper to taste, barbeque sauce and remaining ingredients, including the ground beef, bacon and smoked sausage. Gently stir to combine.

Add reserved liquid from cooking the beans, 1/2 cup at a time, if needed to ensure the contents of the crock pot have a nice, thick sauce. You don’t want things to be runny but you do want to make sure there’s enough sauce to coat everything nicely (such as with baked beans).

Continue cooking 1-2 hours on high or until sausage is heated through and everything is hot and bubbly.

This recipe makes approximately 20 servings.

UPDATE: This recipe is intended as a side dish. I read a comment on Pinterest where someone said this was too rich to be an entrée so it occurred to me I might better point out that I created this dish to be both rich and slightly sweet as it is not a main dish, but a side. This is a hearty side dish I would serve at a cookout, barbeque or potluck. This isn’t something I’d sit down to eat with a spoon like chili or stew. 

Notes:
  • If you can’t find Hurst’s 15 Bean Soup in your market, please ask your grocer for them. Until then, you can order them online!
  • Crumbled sausage would be amazing in this too!
  • Diced green peppers and/or jalapenos would also be great additions!
  • I drain my bacon (because bacon grease is LIFE and I save every drop) but I don't drain the ground beef. For a recipe this size, there really isn't a lot of fat here so I like the extra flavor and richness from the beefy pan drippings.
  • Add more brown sugar if desired. 
The development of this recipe was sponsored by Hurst's Beans. As always, all opinions are my own.

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Three Meat Crock Pot Cowboy Beans | BBQ beans with smoked sausage, bacon and ground beef!


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16 comments:

  1. I have only worked with dry beans once before and it was a disaster! I want to make this for our Thanksgiving camping trip, do I need to soak the beans prior to putting in crock pot? Or just rinse and toss in crock pot?

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    1. Just toss them in! You CAN soak them overnight to cut down on the cooking time a little if you prefer (won't take as long to get them tender in the first step).

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  2. COULD I JUST USE KIDNEY BEANS INSTEAD OF ASSORTED BEANS ? I'M A VERY PICKY EATER & NOT A FAN OF ASSORTED BEANS. THANKYOU.

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    1. I make something similar but I substitute the dry beans with pork and beans, ranch style beans, and kidney beans, ground beef for ground deer meat. +everything you add. Oven for 1 hr at 350. Yummy.

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  3. How many cans of each do you use

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  4. What's the seasoning packet consist of its not clear.

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    1. The ingredients are listed on the package but I think it's mostly salt and smokey flavoring.

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  5. I made it today and it was too sweet. I'm thinking it was the BBQ sauce I used. What brand do you use?

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    1. I used something I grabbed a Aldi (maybe a Kansas City style?) but I meant for this to have a sweetness to it (like Boston Baked Beans). I'd just leave out the brown sugar next time maybe. Did you use all four pounds of meat? Maybe if there was less meat to cover the sauce could come off too sweet.

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  6. Even though you said it's meant to be a side dish, if I'm going to spend the money to put 4 lbs. of meat in there - it better be a main dish meal lol! What do you think about serving it over rice as a main dish? Maybe cut out the brown sugar?

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    1. This is what I make when I want something special, when I'm feeding a crowd or when I'm taking something to a gathering. I'm literally making this right now to take to a pig pickin' we're going to tomorrow. I figure if my buds can spring for a whole hog then stay up all night long cooking it, I can spend 20 bucks to make a giant pot of beans worthy of the occasion ;) As far as making this a main dish with no sweetness, you'd have to totally reconstruct the recipe because the ingredients that make the sauce are all sweet (molasses, ketchup, BBQ sauce & brown sugar). You've given me an idea for a new recipe concept though! You're not the only one who has inquired about this so maybe I'll try to concoct a similar recipe that's not a "baked beans" type recipe, but one that's purely a savory, main dish.

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  7. Wish me luck .. Making them today for a Christmas party.

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  8. Can I just cut the entire recipe in half? I'm just making it for me and my husband and it kinda sounds like it'll be too much for us to ever finish

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    1. Sure! Or you can do like I do and freeze it ;)

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