The Best Ever Baked Beans with Smoked Sausage is hearty enough to be a full meal or it can be served as a side dish.
Everyone simply loves baked beans. How can you upgrade baked beans? You can add two different types of sausage to the beans to give them more flavor, and you can turn these into a delicious meal.
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What Types of Beans to Use
You can use whatever beans you have on hand. I love to add a variety of beans to this recipe because by layering flavors on top of each other, you get a wonderfully rich dish. For this recipe, I use red beans, pinto beans, and I also use canned baked beans as well. You could easily add canned white beans, black beans, or even Ranch style beans.
What makes this side dish taste like baked beans
This baked beans with smoked sausage recipe has a strong flavor influence from sweet and smoky beans. This recipe contains barbecue sauce, onions, mustard powder, and brown sugar. A touch of liquid smoke takes this dish over the edge. Two types of sausage are added. I have used a package of hot breakfast sausage, and 1 pound of smoked link sausage for extra flavor.
Can you cook this recipe in a crock pot
Yes, after you saute the onions and garlic, and cook the breakfast sausage, you can easily place the rest of the ingredients in your crockpot, and heat on low for about 4 hours. I do think this dish tastes better the 2nd day.
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Baked Beans with Smoked Sausage
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 cup chopped white onion
- 2 teaspoons chopped garlic
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 pound hot breakfast sausage
- 1 pound smoked link sausage
- 1 cup barbecue sauce
- 8 ounces tomato sauce
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons mustard powder
- 14.5 ounces kidney beans
- 29 ounces pinto beans
- 14.5 onces baked beans
- In a large pot, add vegetable oil and heat to medium heat. Add chopped white onion and saute for about 1 1/2 minutes. Sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon on the onions. Then add garlic, and saute until the onions are translucent.
- Remove onions and garlic from pan, and set aside.
- Saute breakfast sausage, and cook until no longer pink. Drain grease.
- Add smoked sausage and allow it to brown, saute for two or three minutes.
- Add barbecue sauce, tomato sauce, brown sugar, mustard powder to the pot. Add at beans and simmer on low for about 45 minutes before serving.
- These beans taste better the second day.