Prep 30 mins
Cook 6 mins
Easy three beans and three steps (a,b,c). Good for open houses or where people drop in. Stays warm in crock pot. I kinda think this is from the 1950's. My great grandma, my grandma, my mom and now I cook it. One of my sisters cooks it and I'm working on my daughter to cook it too! (diabetes substitutions at bottom of recipe).
- 1 cup warm water
- 2 (15 ounce) cans baked beans, Bush name, undrained
- 2 (12 ounce) cans lima beans, drained
- 2 (12 ounce) cans kidney beans, drained
- 2 1⁄3 cups ketchup
- 1⁄4 cup picnic prepared mustard
- 1⁄3 cup brown sugar or 1⁄3 cup dark molasses
- 2⁄3 cup wrights liquid smoke
- 1⁄3 cup genuine apple cider vinegar
- 2 lbs lean hamburger
- 1⁄4-1⁄2 cup chopped onion
- 1 cup Spam (optional) or 1 cup ham, chopped (optional)
- (Diabetes substitutions at bottom of recipe).
- Before Part <A> take 1 cup warm water and put it into the crock pot and turn it on high. This is sort of to preheat the pot; without water it would crack see.
- Part <A> take the beans section and warm in microwave or on stove top until steaming. Stir and pour into the crock pot (nice to use maple or honey flavor beans).
- Part <B> ketchup, mustard, brown sugar, liquid smoke, vinegar. This is like a sauce. Simmer and stir on stove top or microwave until turns brown and smells less vinegary (20 minutes maybe). Dump into the crock pot and stir well.
- Part <C> meat and onion; brown on stove top or in microwave together then dump it in pot.
- See how it goes a, b c all warm before going into the pot. Put on the lid and keep on high for on hour and 5-8 hours on low then serve with rice and cornbread, cheese shredded on top or glass of milk Complete meal for open houses or crowds of people. Stays warm in pot and is easy to self serve.
- Diabetes substitutions: Can substitute tomato paste for ketchup and powdered mustard for regular. Add water a little and artificial sweetener comes in brown sugar flavor. The Bush baked beans can use navy beans plain and use brown rice instead of white rice. See these are all diabetes or trying to lose wight substitutions. You can also add wheat germ to the corn bread.
Did some cooking for two house-bound neighbor couples the other day & this was one of the main dish I prepared for them! Didn't do any fancy substituting & did leave out the 1 optional ingredient! I'm not usually big on lima beans, but did include them since this wasn't for me anyway! Both couples thoroughly enjoyed it all agreed it deserved a top rating! Thanks for sharing the recipe! [Made & reviewed for one of my adoptees in the current Pick A Chef event]