Crockpot Calico Baked Beans

If you're having a barbecue this Memorial Day weekend, you might want to try these Crockpot Calico Baked Beans.

When you’re a kid, Memorial Day usually means visiting a swimming pool for the first time of the summer or maybe taking a weekend camping trip on a river or lake where you’ll enjoy picnics or barbecues. However, as you grow up, you discover there’s a lot more meaning to this holiday. It’s a day set aside to remember loved ones who have passed on and to honor service members who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

If a barbecue is in your weekend plans, you might want to try the following recipe, which offers a new twist on that great, old standby: baked beans. And, if you’re looking for something different than the typical bowl of chips for your celebration, I’m including a recipe for seasoned pretzels, too.

For the seasoned pretzels, all you need is a package of large, thick pretzels, an envelope of ranch salad dressing mix, 3/4 cup vegetable oil, 1 1/2 teaspoons dill weed and 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder. Just break pretzels into bite-size pieces and place in a large bowl. Combine remaining ingredients and pour over pretzels, stirring to coat. Pour into an ungreased 15-by-10-by-1-inch baking pan and bake at 200 degrees for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. This makes 12 cups of a great pretzel snack.

As we celebrate the Memorial Day holiday with loved ones this weekend, let us remember those who died fighting for our freedom, as well as those who are serving today.

CROCKPOT CALICO BAKED BEANS

1/2 pound bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

1 medium onion, chopped (about 1/2 cup)

3/4 cup ketchup

1/4 cup barbecue sauce

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1/4 cup molasses

1 tablespoon cider vinegar

1 teaspoon ground mustard

2 (15.5-ounce) cans pork and beans, drained

1 (15-ounce)can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 (15-ounce)can kidney beans, drained

In a 10-inch skillet, cook bacon and onion over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until bacon is crisp and onions are tender; drain.

In a 3-1/2- to 4-quart crockpot, mix bacon and onions with beans and remaining ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 3 to 4 hours.

Note: A tablespoon of cooked bacon pieces can be set aside to garnish the top of beans at serving time.

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