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Cowboy Beans

1/2 lb Lean bacon
1 lb Ground beef or chuck, lean
1 lg Onion
1/4 c Green pepper; diced (opt,)
1 cn Pork 'n beans (16 oz.)
1 cn Red kidney beans (16 oz.)
1 cn Butter beans (16 oz.)
1 cn Baby lima beans (8 oz.)
1 cn Great northern beans(16 oz)
1/4 c Brown sugar
1/2 ts Dry mustard
1/4 c Molasses or maple syrup
1 Bottle BBQ sauce
1/2 ts Pepper


Cut bacon into 1/4" bits; brown in a large skillet. Remove bacon from rendered fat and set aside. In the bacon drippings, saute the onion & pepper until tender. Add the ground meat and brown lightly.Put the meats into the bottom of a crockpot. Add the Pork 'n Beans with the liquid on them. Drain most of the juice off of the remaining cans of beans and add them with the remaining ingredients to the crockpot. Mix all well. Cook on HIGH setting for 1 hour to get well heated through, then lower heat setting to LOW and allow to cook for 5 - 6 hours. Stir from time to time. Check on seasonings and correct if desired. A little more brown sugar or syrup might be desired.





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