Place about 25-30 coals in a charcoal chimney, or BBQ, light and wait until they just begin to turn grey. At this point, they are ready for use!
Place 10 coals under Dutch oven, heat for a few minutes.
Start with EITHER:
1 large onion & 1 stick butter -- OR -- 1 large onion
1/2 lb of left over beef brisket, 1/2 lb bacon
tri tip or burnt ends
chop onion, saute' in cut bacon and cook, wick up most of
1/2 stick melted butter the grease with paper towel, then sauté
add meat chopped onion
1 28 oz can your favorite BUSH'S baked beans UNDRAINED
4 15 oz cans your favorite beans such as, kidney, black, pinto, garbanzo,
butter beans, or white beans DRAINED
DO NOT drain the Bush's beans, but DO drain the other cans, reserving 1 C of liquid.
When the onions are cooked to translucent color, add UNDRAINED Bush's beans
and the DRAINED beans from 4 cans.
NEXT, add 1 18oz jar SEEDLESS fruit preserves, such as cherry, peach, etc.
ADD 9 to 18 oz of your favorite BBQ sauce. Keep in mind, if you add a "sweet" BBQ sauce it will have a sweeter taste than a BBQ sauce that has a "vinegar taste" (I used Sweet Baby Rays BBQ)
You can also add the remaining butter if you wish.
Stir it all together, Cover and place coals around the entire rim of the lid.
Check the oven every 45 min or so to make sure it is maintaining a simmer, and to make sure the liquid is still sufficient. Add liquid if needed.
Cook beans 2-3 hours, being sure to check it.
ONLY use wooden spoons to stir! NO METAL, it will scratch the oven.
I have made this recipe twice, and it is an immediate HIT!!! Even people who normally don't care for baked beans have told me they love it!!! The variety of beans in taste and color make it intriguing and it tastes wonderful with the sweet/sour taste of preserves and BBQ sauce!
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