Sweet ‘n’ Sassy Beans
PREP TIME: 3 - 4 hours
SERVES: 10 People

A backyard bar-b-que would not be complete without some tasty bar-b-que beans. The great news is that this recipe begins with some plain ol’ canned pork and beans that you can buy in the store. This recipe is best when cooked on the pit, but can also be finished in your oven at 350 degrees.


  • 1/4 pound breakfast sausage or bacon
  • 1 cup diced onions
  • celery to taste
  • bell pepper to taste
  • garlic to taste
  • 1/4 pound chopped bar-b-que pork (you can substitute andouille or smoked sausage)
  • 4 16-ounce cans pork and beans
  • 1/4 cup sweet bar-b-que sauce
  • 1/2 cup Steen’s Cane Syrup
  • 1 tablespoon mild seasoning mix
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke (optional)

Heat up a large cast iron skillet or dutch oven. Begin by adding a quarter pound of breakfast sausage like Jimmy Dean, or you can use 1/4 pound bacon if you prefer. Sizzle the meat over a medium high heat, then add the onions, celery, bell pepper, and garlic. Sauté these ingredients, then add the bar-b-que pork, andouille or smoked sausage, whichever you prefer. Blend in the pork and beans and bring to a rolling boil. Add the bar-b-que sauce, Steen’s Cane Syrup, and seasoning mix. Add the liquid smoke if you are not going to cook the beans on the pit. Stir well. Cook on the cooker, uncovered, for 3 ½ hours, or in the oven, covered, for 2 ½ hours until hot and bubbling and the flavors are well blended.

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