Cooking in the dutch oven is something that has been Grandma and Grandpa’s job. Recently we decided to let our Little Chefs help in the process. Today we are sharing Dutch Oven Baked Beans. We were all at their cabin for the weekend and let the Little Chefs each take a turn contributing to the entire menu. It was much easier having one Little Chef help at a time instead of all the Little Chefs in the kitchen doing their task all at the same time. I call this controlled chaos! Or…semi controlled chaos!
When cooking with Dutch Ovens it is important to have all your prep work done before you start assembling anything. Little Chef A chopped the onions. Afterward Little Chef C chopped the sausage.
In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, ketchup, salt and pepper, worcestershire sauce.
By now the coals are ready and constant adult supervision is in place. We did not allow the Little Chefs to move the coals, just pour and stir within the dutch oven. Remember when we posted the Dutch Oven Peach Cobbler recipe we talked about these great Disposable Foil Dutch Oven Liners.
The bacon was rendered and onions sauteed in large dutch oven by Little Chef B. Then, Little Chef E added the hamburger to brown. Afterward he added the sausage and onions. Drain the grease next. We have found the easiest way to drain grease by our Little Chefs is to take a couple paper towels and fold them twice or whatever size you desire. Using tongs pick up the paper towel stack and place it in the grease and allow the paper towel to absorb the grease. No accidental spilling of the hot grease!
Add the cans of beans and tomatoes.
Add the sauce to the mixture.
Cover and cook in hot coals until done – about 1 1/2 – 2 hours.
Grab a bowl and enjoy some very tasty Dutch Oven Baked Beans! While we know dutch oven recipes do take a long time to cook, and do require constant supervision the results are worth it! Do you dutch oven? What are some of your favorite recipes?
- 1 lb bacon, chopped
- 2 lbs ground beef
- 1 polish sausage
- 2 onions, chopped
- 2 - 28 oz cans pork and beans
- 2 - 14 oz cans stewed tomatoes
- 1 c brown sugar
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 2 Tbsp worcestershire sauce
- garlic powder to taste
- salt and pepper to taste
- Brown bacon in large dutch oven.
- Add hamburger, sausage and onions and cook until meat is done, and drain grease.
- Add cans of pork and beans and stewed tomatoes.
- In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, ketchup, worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, salt and pepper, and add to the meat mixture in the dutch oven.
- Cover and cook in hot coals until done - about 1 1/2 - 2 hours.