I've made my sister, Patty's baked bean recipe for many years with booming success. But my husband found this other recipe in the newspaper a few weeks ago, so I made it for a neighborhood barbecue the other night, and they were amazing! It's from Dear Abby's cookbook (I also make her pecan pie- yum!). I usually make a new recipe just as it says the first time, but I found the original made a pretty small pot, and I needed a BIG pot, so I'll give you my altered recipe. The orginal also called for you to bake the beans in the oven, but I wanted to do them in the crock pot- so much easier and it doesn't heat the house.
The writer requesting the recipe in the article said she gets invited to parties just so that she'll bring these beans. I believe it; they were good. Everyone at our party loved them and they were gone in a flash!
6-8 slices bacon, diced
1 cup chopped onion
2 cans (16 oz. pork and beans)
1 can butter beans, drained and rinsed
1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 lb. sharp cheddar cheese, cubed
1 1/2 cup ketchup
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 T. Worcestershire sauce
Cook the bacon and onion together in a skillet until bacon is crisp and onion is browned. Put in crock pot with the other ingredients and cook on low several hours- probably 6-8 hours, depending on your crock pot.
Enjoy with your next barbecue!!