I've been going to potluck dinners for most of my life. Now that I live in the mid-west I go to pitch-in dinners. They both deliver the same result - lots of fantastic food shared between friends. Not once have I ever seen anyone leave hungry.
Most of the time women bring the dishes. Occasionally a man will bring a favorite dish. It is my opinion that a man will share a recipe with anyone who asks. Just being asked is a reward for him. It is also a reward for women, although many women won't share their recipes. I never liked those women, somehow I thought they should just be gracious and share. But then I realized that I had become just like them. I have this recipe for baked beans that most people tend to like - especially the guys. People have asked me for the recipe numerous times and I always said sure - but I never, not once, gave it away. I can't remember the name of the woman who gave it to me. It was a friend I worked with in Nashville, TN over thirty years ago. So today I'm giving it up. I hope you enjoy it. If I run into you at either a potluck or a pitch-in and were both carrying baked beans I'll be sure to ask you for your recipe.
1 pound ground beef
1 bell pepper, chopped
1 large onion, choped
3 150z. cans of pork and beans
1 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons yellow mustard
7 oz. of catsup
1 tablespoon. worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon chili sauce
3 tablespoons bar-b-que sauce
2 to 3 pieces of bacon, cut up
Brown ground beef, bell pepper and onion in a large skillet. Drain.
Add pork and beans to a large bowl. Pour ground beef mixture on top of beans and gently mix. Try not to smash beans.
Mix the rest of the ingredients in a separate bowl then pour over beans and beef. Mix well. Pour into a 9"x 13" greased casserole dish and top with 2 to 3 slices of bacon that has been cut up. Bake at 350 degrees for one hour. Do not cover. Life is good-enjoy!