If you’re having a summer cookout, but don’t have a bean dish, are you even allowed to call it a cookout? A question for philosophers perhaps, but we’re not going to test it; we’re going to put out the best bean dish possible! That’s the Backyard Three Bean Bake, if you were wondering; a beefy, succulent, savory mix of three different kinds of creamy, hearty beans that are baked to smoky sweetness with brown sugar and molasses. Mmmm, there’s “bean” no side dish we’ve found that can match this Backyard Three Bean Bake!

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 5 strips bacon, diced
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup barbecue sauce
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans pork and beans, undrained
  • 1 (16-ounce) can butter beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (16-ounce) can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
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Directions

Step 1 –Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Step 2 –Grease a 2-1/2-quart baking dish.

Step 3 –In a large skillet over medium heat, add the beef, the bacon, and the onion and cook, crumbling the beef with a wooden spoon, until the beef is no longer pink, about 5-7 minutes.

Step 4 –Drain the beef mixture.

Step 5 –Add the brown sugar, the granulated sugar, the ketchup, the barbecue sauce, the molasses, the mustard, the chili powder, and the salt to the beef mixture and stir until blended.

Step 6 –Add the pork and beans, the butter beans, and the kidney beans to the beef mixture and stir to combine.

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Step 7 –Transfer the beef mixture to the prepared baking dish.

Step 8 –Bake the beef mixture, covered, until the bean mixture reaches the desired thickness, about 1 hour.

Step 9 –Serve.