Baked Beans With Ground Beef Topping
- In large frying pan cook beef in its own fat; breaking it up and stirring to cook evenly. Add bell pepper and onion. Saute until beef is brown and vegetables are limp.
- Put aside 4 strips of bacon. Cut remaining bacon into 2 inch strips and add to beef mixture.
- Stir in tomato sauce, water, vinegar, mustard, garlic, thyme, brown sugar, liquid smoke, salt and pepper. Simmer 5 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spoon pork and beans into greases 1 ½ quart baking dish. Top with meat mixture. Place full strips of bacon over top of beef mixture. Bake in preheated oven 45 minutes.