Dean is the name that I was called as a kid growing up by the older generation of adults. Many of whom never realized that my actual name was Rose Mary. So when I added this recipe to my cookbook I named the recipe Dean's Family Reunion Baked Beans, so that they would know that this is the original recipe that I had been making for years. It seems many members of my family have their version of my original recipe, but my 8 brothers are always very pleased when I make a big batch of these. I am happy to share my recipe with you also. There is a smaller version I posted called Beefy Baked Beans
1PREHEAT OVEN TO 325 DEGREES F. Saute onions & bell peppers with lean ground beef until meat is browned in a large commercial- size pot. Drain any excess fat & liquid when meat mixture is cooked. Add meat mixture back into pot, & then add catsup, mustard, liquid smoke, molasses, Bar B Q sauce, brown sugar & DRAINED beans into pot, & simmer over low heat.
2With a large spoon stir to mix all the ingredients together. Continue to stir occassionally while cooking over low heat to prevent sticking. Let simmer uncovered, about 30 minutes .Then remove from heat.
3Precook all of the bacon partially in microwave. Then spray a large deep roasting pan or several 9 X 13 size pans with cooking spray, then pour beans into pans. Cover top of beans randomly with precooked bacon slices. Bake in preheated 325 degree F. oven for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, or until some of the liquid has baked off, and beans appear to have thickened.
4PLEASE NOTE: Oven temperatures vary so please check after 1 1/2 hours. Enjoy The Beefy Baked Beans recipe that I posted is somewhat similiar to this one but smaller in size, with a few slight variations.