Rock your BBQ party with southern style baked beans and Petit Jean Meats Bacon

A big thank you to Petit Jean Meats for providing the ingredients to make this fine dish!

Southern Style Baked Beans

Summer grilling season has to be about my favorite time of year because in our house, the kitchen moves outside for a few months. After being inside all winter, its refreshing to be outside working the grill while I watch JP play on his swing set! Our summer dinners are filled with grilled meats, veggies and mouthwatering sides that can be prepared for indoor cooking. Whenever we have company and grill out, I love to make my southern style baked beans to accompany our main course because its full of flavor and insanely easy to make.

I received a big goody box filled wit bacon & sausages courtesy of one of my favorite meat manufacturers – Petit Jean Meats. Known for a quality that’s a cut above the rest makes it one of my favorite meats to use in my recipes. Southern Style Baked Beans just seemed perfect to use my PJM bacon with! They generously sent me 3 packages – 2 classic thick cut slabs and one Dallas cowboy brand.

Southern Style Baked Beans

Here’s what you’ll need:

Prep time: 20 min Cook time: 1h 30min Yield: 6-8 servings

  • 2 cans of pork n beans
  • 5 or 6 strips of uncooked bacon
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 finely chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 clove of garlic finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup molasses

Star by cutting up the pepper and the onions and set them aside. Cut the bacon strips into small bite-size pieces and throw them in a hot skillet to cook. Cook them until they have some color and are rubbery in texture.

Southern Style Baked Beans

I couldn’t resist cooking up some full bacon strips too because they go great beef sliders!

Once you are done cooking the bacon, don’t drain that fat just yet!! This is where I add my diced onions, bell peppers and garlic to the hot fat and cook them up (about 2 min) before I simmer them with the beans. When they are done, scoop them out and drain them.

Southern Style Baked Beans

In a bowl, combine the 2 cans of pork and beans, the sauteed veggies, brown sugar, molasses, ketchup, mustard and Worcestershire sauce. Once it is well mixed up together, I smoothed it out into a baking dish and topped it off with my bits of bacon.

Southern Style Baked Beans

Bake for about 1 hour at 325F. You will not be sorry!

Southern Style Baked Beans

Southern Style Baked Beans

Can’t forget about the other goodies from Petit Jean Meats – we grilled some sausages, old fashioned  hot dogs and some bacon & cheese beef sliders.

Southern Style Baked Beans

Southern Style Baked Beans

Southern Style Baked Beans

and lastly, my favorite – grandma’s coffee cake for dessert!

Southern Style Baked Beans

What are some of your traditional family recipes?

 

The New Heinz® Mustard makes the tastiest, creamiest potato salad you’ll have all summer

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Summer is nearly here and I couldn’t be more excited because that means we’ll be grilling a whole lot more now! Nothing is better than the smell of sizzling meat on the grill at about 6pm in the evening along with balmy summer weather in the air. However my all-time favorite part of grilling is that the cooking mess remains outside, leaving me less to clean in the kitchen when dinner is over.

Even though I try to keep my cooking mess to a minimum, I still usually like to make one or two sides to go with our grilled main course. Potato salad is one of the first things that comes to mind when you put the words “summer” and “bbq” together – so what better to share than an incredible potato salad that will have your guests begging you for the recipe!

When I was putting some ketchup in my cart at Walmart last week, I noticed the mustard that was nearby and decided to pick up a new bottle. I love mustard, but one of my pet peeves about it is the juice that comes out of the bottle before the actual mustard squeezes out, especially if I’m squeezing it directly on a piece of bread. Don’t you hate that? The New Heinz® Yellow Mustard bottle is designed to help stop some of that with it’s squeeze bottle design. Also, the fact that its a well known, well respected brand that has been around for more than 150 years with a unique flavor that’s second to none. I love the bold flavors of the spices and vinegar that create the perfect tang, which is why I like using Heinz as an ingredient  in my recipes! I also decided to pick up a small bottle of Heinz® Sweet Pickled Relish to help add some dimension to my potato salad recipe. You don’t have to go exclusively to Walmart either – you can find The New Heinz® Yellow Mustard at most grocery stores as well.

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First I peel and chop 5 large potatoes and start boiling them until they are tender.

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Unless you already have hard boiled eggs in the fridge, I start with hard boiling 3 eggs. Place the 3 eggs in a saucepan and fill with cool water, then bring it to a boil on the stove top. Once its boiling, remove it from the heat and let it sit for 12 minutes. I let mine sit and cool for abit so they are easier to handle when peeling them. While the eggs are sitting in the boiling water, I chop 2 stalks of celery and 1/2 an onion and add it to the bowl.

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Add in 2 tablespoons of Heinz Sweet Pickled Relish, 1/2 cup of salad dressing or mayo, 3 tablespoons of Heinz Yellow Mustard, 3 chopped eggs and 1 tablespoon of sugar. Mix well. Sprinkle with a little paprika and chill before serving!

Heinz ingredients make the tastiest, creamiest potato salad you'll have all summer #KetchupsNewMustard #ad

Heinz ingredients make the tastiest, creamiest potato salad you'll have all summer #KetchupsNewMustard #ad

Heinz ingredients make the tastiest, creamiest potato salad you'll have all summer #KetchupsNewMustard #ad

Dinner tonight is made simple… Grilled hot dogs, cheeseburgers, refreshing iced tea and creamy potato salad.

Heinz ingredients make the tastiest, creamiest potato salad you'll have all summer #KetchupsNewMustard #ad

What can you do with mustard? I’d love to hear more about it!

 

Making creamy, delicious Queso For All with Velveeta Cheese and Ro*Tel tomatoes

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So the big game is coming and every weekend I like to prepare yummy snacks to enjoy while its on. Our family loves to watch football, so gathering around the TV is my favorite time for us all to bond and spend time together. As much as I like to put out the classics like chicken wings, mini sandwiches and pizza, another family favorite is when I make Queso For All with Velveeta Cheese and Ro*Tel tomatoes.

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Its a zesty, creamy mix and the flavor fuses perfectly together like peanut butter and jelly. When paired with corn chips, it makes for the perfect Sunday afternoon game time snack that can be passed around to the whole family. It doesnt stop there either – try roasting some cut up potatoes and smothering them in cheesy goodness for a delicious dinner side. Making Velveeta / Ro*Tel queso dip is so easy, anybody can do it. All you need are the 2 ingredients and a saucepan to melt it in. I start by melting the cheese, and I like to cube it up so it melts evenly.

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Once you have a nice consistency, then I add an entire can of un-drained Ro*Tel tomatoes and mix it in. I continue to stir and keep it on a low heat for an extra few minutes until its perfectly creamy…. And serve!

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While game time is my favorite time to make this creamy delicious queso dip, I don’t limit myself. After all, football season only lasts a few months! I like to also make this for social gatherings, family barbeques in the summer and birthday parties. I guarantee that this will be a crowd pleaser for even your most discerning guests!

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