'Candied' BBQ Baked Beans Are a Delicious and Filling Side Dish

This may be a side dish, but you could make a meal out of it.

Remember a few weeks ago when I shared my dressing recipe? If you recall, that recipe called for half a package of ground sausage. This week, I'm going to share a great use for the other half.

Now I'll be the first to admit that "candied BBQ beans" sounds strange, but I really cannot think of a better name for it. These are not soupy, straight out of the can, beans. If you do it right, you could just about scoop some up and turn the spoon upside down and they wouldn't fall.

Personally, I could eat this as a meal but I usually serve them as a side dish. Naturally, they go great with burgers and hot dogs but I also like them with BBQ, turkey and grilled chicken. 


1 28-ounce can of baked beans (I use Bush's)

1/2 yellow onion, chopped

1/2 package of ground sausage

1 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. chili powder

1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar

1/4 c. brown sugar

1/4 c. syrup (I use Aunt Jemima)

1/4 c. ketchup


Cook sausage and onion together until sausage is completely cooked. Add remaining ingredients. Cook over medium heat until mixture is thickened or "candied" (you should be able to run a spatula through it and not have the beans immediately move back together).

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