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BBQ Bacon Calico Beans

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These BBQ bacon calico beans are the perfect summer cookout side dish. This dish is packed full of beans, bacon, beef and bbq sauce. What’s not to love?

These BBQ bacon calico beans are the perfect summer cookout side dish. This dish is packed full of beans, flavorful bacon, beef and bbq sauce. What's not to love?

This weekend I totally got my drink on. I went to the Beer, Bourbon and Bacon Festival with Gina and my lovely husband. Sweet baby J was it a good time. I ate a big plate of brisket, drank A LOT of beer and sampled quite a few different bourbons and moonshine.

While I’m a big fan of most beer there were a few that totally threw me off. I tried a sour beer that I swear tasted like it was a made with meat. That is the only way I know how to explain that crap that was in my glass. I also tried a raspberry ale that basically tasted like someone took a packet of Crystal Light Raspberry Ice and mixed it with beer. Totally weird and crazy sweet. 

My most favorite beer was hands down the 21st Amendment Hell or High Watermelon beer – totally refreshing for summer. I basically stood next to their tent and just kept refilling my glass. My to do list this week includes picking up a 6 pack. Hello summer!

These BBQ bacon calico beans are the perfect summer cookout side dish. This dish is packed full of beans, bacon, beef and tangy bbq sauce. What's not to love?

After a Saturday of day drinking I need to refill the next day with lots of water and hearty food. Since I’m no longer eating crappy fast food I decided it was time I whipped up another batch of these beans. They have all my favorite ingredients – beef, bacon, beans and bbq sauce. All the B’s of deliciousness.

Plus this dish could not be easier to throw together. I personally think it makes a slammin’ side dish but I could see it being a pretty good main dish as well. I like to describe this dish as baked beans on steroids. It’s got that sweet baked bean flavor but it’s packed with Jones Dairy Farm bacon and ground beef.

How could you not want to eat a bowl or two of this deliciousness?

These BBQ bacon calico beans are the perfect summer cookout side dish. This dish is packed full of mixed beans, bacon, beef and bbq sauce. What's not to love?

Looking for more bean filled recipes? Try my Southern style pinto beans, Austin style black beans or my bean packed smothered burritos.

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BBQ Bacon Calico Beans

These BBQ bacon calico beans are the perfect summer cookout side dish. This dish is packed full of beans, bacon, beef and bbq sauce. What's not to love?

Yield: 4-6 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 4 slices thick bacon, diced
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 (28 ounce) can baked beans
  • 1 can butter or lima beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) diced tomatoes with garlic
  • 3/4 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • Green onions, chopped (for topping, optional)

Directions:

In a large skillet add ground beef, bacon and onion. Cook over medium-high heat until the meat is browned and the bacon just starts to brown. Drain the skillet to remove excess fat.

Add meat mixture back to the skillet and pour in baked beans, butter beans, kidney beans, garbanzo beans, diced tomatoes, BBQ sauce, brown sugar, dijon mustard and molasses.

Stir to combine and simmer on medium-low heat for 30 minutes.

Enjoy as a side dish or a main course. The choice is yours.

Looking for more Jones Dairy Farm recipes? You’re in luck! They just came out with a online cookbook featuring 125 recipes – one recipe for every year the family-owned and operated company has been in business. How cool is that! Click here to check out the cookbook!

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Jones Dairy Farm. All opinions and thoughts are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting my recipes while I work with companies I love. 
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Wednesday 16th of July 2014

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Karin

Wednesday 2nd of July 2014

Can the beans cook in a slow-cooker? I've been trying to use mine as much as possible lately.

nutmegnanny

Thursday 3rd of July 2014

Hi Karen! I think if you browned the meat and onion in a pan and poured the rest of the ingredients in the slow cooker it would turn out fine. I would turn the heat to low and let it warm for a few hours. Since I have never done it in the slow cooker this is all an estimate but I don't see why it wouldn't work. If you give it a try let me know :)

Joanne

Sunday 29th of June 2014

That watermelon beer is one of my favorites!! It's CRAZY how much it tastes like watermelon. So refreshing!

Baked beans feel like a summer happy food. Hearty and feel-good are what these are!

grace

Thursday 26th of June 2014

i have a recipe like this except there's no beef in it and it's just a side dish. i like the idea of adding more meat and making it the entree!

Kim Beaulieu

Wednesday 25th of June 2014

You had me at BBQ and you sealed it with beans. I love any form of beans. This looks amazing.

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