Bestest Chili-Bacon Beans

Great side dish for a BBQ (like we just had today!).  And of course, anything with bacon captures my heart 🙂  Makes enough for a crowd!  I doubled this recipe recently, and would probably do a little *less* bacon next time (GASP!).  But even with 20 people, I had tons of leftovers for a week. I’ll stick with a single batch next time, and when it’s gone — it’s gone!

1 large can (28oz) Bush baked beans (or 2 regular 16oz cans)
1 small can butter beans
1 small can kidney beans
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 Tblsp. vinegar
3 Tblsp. hickory smoke flavor (“Liquid Smoke”)
1 lb. bacon, cut into bite-sized pieces and fried
1 lb. ground beef, cooked & drained
1/2 cup onion, diced and browned

  1. Cook bacon on a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil.  Broil until crisp.  Dry on paper towels (Or fry bacon in a pan and drain grease.  I just find the cookie sheet method less messy and faster).
  2. Cook onion & ground beef together.  Drain grease.
  3. Add all ingredients together and
  4. a) bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 45 minutes OR

    b) combine all in a crockpot, put on low, and cook for 2-3 hours.

Source: Debbie Van Dusen

BBQ Meatballs in the Crockpot

These are super-easy and fast to make, and there never seems to enough to go around. Anytime we have a party at our house, my husband’s friends are always making sure we’re serving these!

1 bag of frozen meatballs (we usually get the huge Costco size)
3 cups ketchup
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1 Tbsp cooking sherry

  1. Set crockpot temperature on ‘low’ and dump in meatballs (as many as you would like – we do about 3/4 of the bag, or the entire bag, depending on how many people we’re serving.)
  2. In a small bowl, combine all ingredients for sauce and mix thoroughly.
  3. Pour over meatballs and stir altogether to make they are completely covered.
  4. Cook for 3 hours on ‘low’ (stirring occasionally) then put on ‘warm’ until you are ready to serve.

Source: Nancy Green