Cheesy Sausage Bean Bake

OK, this one is a single dad specialty.  Born of those days when you arrive home remembering that you forgot to put the roast in the slow cooker in the morning and all you have in the fridge is some pre-cooked sausage.  What to do?  Take your childhood pork and beans to an entirely new level with this Sausage Bean Bake and go to town.  This recipe is so customizable that I doubt it will be the same the next time I make it.  Serve it with some fresh baked corn bread to make it truly memorable!  File this recipe under your Easy Meal or Last Minute Meal tabs!

Ingredients

  • 1 can white hominy, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 9 oz. (1/2 bottle) Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ Sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 14 oz. (6) cheddar smoked sausage
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Colby Jack cheese, shredded

Directions

  1. In an medium bowl, combine ketchup, brown sugar, BBQ sauce, and onion powder.  Mix thoroughly.
  2. Stir in beans and hominy, coating well
  3. Slice sausage into 1 inch pieces and stir in.  Pieces should be coated, but not swimming.  Add a little more BBQ sauce if needed.
  4. Transfer into a casserole dish
  5. Sprinkle bread crumbs over top and then cover with cheese to taste.
  6. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes.
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