Mr. Kim Chee and I were trying to decide what to have for dinner one night. He suggested a lot of things (some of which, admittedly, included Kraft Mac and Cheese and takeout pizza), but what I was really craving was something meaty, hearty, and tasting of BBQ sauce. I scoured some old cookbooks and found a recipe resembling what I wanted--so I made it, with a few changes/additions of my own.
Or measure the ketchup and mustard while you wait for the beef to brown. I can't keep my pictures straight.
You could also stick them in a crock pot to keep warm, if you felt so inclined.
So simple, easy, and really delicious. I served mine with a buttered hunk of Rye Bread. Best dinner ever. Try it yourself--I dare you!
Recipe: Cowboy Beans
3 strips bacon, roughly chopped
1 lb. ground beef
1 small onion, diced
salt and pepper, to taste
1/2 c. ketchup
1 tsp. yellow mustard
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp. cornmeal
1 15-oz. can pork and beans
In a large pan, saute bacon until it begins to brown. Add ground beef, and cook until browned. Add onion, salt, and pepper, and saute until onions are softened.
Add ketchup, mustard, brown sugar, vinegar, Worcestershire, cornmeal, and beans. Mix gently and then pour mixture into a baking dish.
Bake at 350F for 30 minutes or until everything is bubbly and your house smells like a BBQ joint.