Prep 10 mins
Cook 18 mins
I have always disliked baked beans, but I was served and couldn't stop eating these. A few years later I found out it was a recipe from Dinosaur Barbecue, a famous restaurant based in Rochester, NY. I searched the internet for a version of the recipe not using Dinosaur BBQ's "Mutha Sauce," and doubled the amount of Italian sausage to make them really meaty. I cooked this in a cast-iron dutch oven and brought it camping the next day. It was amazing reheated and great with potatoes baked in the fire. It's almost like chili and very filling. NOTE: I'm not sure about the serving amount. This really makes plenty, and everyone ate several big helpings.
- 2 (28 ounce) cans baked beans (I used Bush's Homestyle. Choose a less-sweet variety.)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 green bell pepper, finely chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced (or more, if you love garlic)
- 1 lb hot Italian sausage, casings removed
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon ketchup
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce (I accidentally only put 1 in when I made this, still loved it)
- 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon molasses
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Heat olive oil to medium-high in a large saucepan, and cook onion and pepper until soft, adding salt and pepper.
- When softened, add garlic and cook another minute.
- Add sausage, crumbling it into small pieces while it cooks.
- Drain some of the liquid from the beans- make it about the same level in the can as the beans themselves. Mix into the sausage/veggies.
- Turn the heat down to medium-low and add remaining ingredients. Cook for 5-7 minutes.
- Serve immediately, or let cool and reheat. We loved this the next day, as the flavors had a chance to really mix.
This is great! My husband says it's almost like eating chili. Not quite. It still tastes like beans, just with an awesome spicy Italian sausage kick. Try this!
Great receipe!!! Taste just like Dinosaur BBQ baked beans. Sweet yet have spicy kick to them. My husband ate them as a meal alone.