Gail’s Barbecue Beans

Yield: 10 servings Active time: 30 minutes Total time: 1 hour 30 minutes April 3, 2003

My Mom’s cousin Gail brought these baked beans to the Campbell family reunion at Phil and ‘Trelle’s house in Georgia last year. When I got back to Texas, I came across the recipe in a recent magazine.

Ground beef is the unexpected ingredient here. Add it to bacon, barbecue sauce, molasses, Dijon mustard, and three kinds of beans.

Recipe from Southern Living.


  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 1/2 lb. ground beef (optional)
  • 10 bacon slices, cooked and crumbled
  • 2/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1 15-oz. can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 15-oz. can butter beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 15-oz. can pork and beans, undrained
  • 2 Tbs. molasses
  • 2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder


Cook onion and, if desired, ground beef in a Dutch oven, stirring until meat crumbes and is no longer pink; drain. Stir in bacon and remaining ingredients, and spoon into a lightly greased 2 1/2-quart baking dish. Chill 8 hours, if desired.

Bake bean mixture at 350º for 1 hour, stirring once.

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