This Slow Cooker Baked Bean Sausage Casserole is my hubby’s favorite picnic dish. Anytime there is a picnic coming up and I ask him what we should have?
Without hesitation, this beauty of a dish is his answer.
And really, what’s not to like?
Green beans…baked beans…sausage…bacon.
Every man’s dream, right?
This recipe is from my mom. I remember enjoying it at picnics when I was still at home. The original recipe calls for making this in a 9×13 pan and baking it in the oven for about 2 hours. The baked bean casserole turns out deliciously this way.
Over time, however, I shied away from making it too often for a couple of different reasons.
First of all, if it is a hot, summer day, having the oven on for almost two hours is not exactly enjoyable. Adding extra heat to the house on a 90 degree day isn’t our goal!
Second, I’ve had a few times in the recent past where I forgot to put the casserole in the oven early enough. The day gets busy and gets away from me…then the casserole has not been done in enough time to have it with our dinner.
For those two main reasons, I decided to try making this in the slow cooker. My only concern was the bacon that is supposed to lay overtop the casserole. You see, in the oven, it gets all nice and crispy. I love my bacon crispy. I was afraid that in the slow cooker, the bacon would be floppy and seem uncooked.
To fix this problem, I bought pre-cooked real bacon bits. With about an hour left before dinner, I sprinkled these bits-of-bacon on top of the casserole and hoped for the best.
It worked! We ended up with an amazing Slow Cooker Baked Bean Sausage Casserole that was easy to throw together in the morning and forget about throughout the day.
Well, it was hard to completely forget about it with the savory smell coming from the kitchen.
If you like slow cooker recipes, make this for your next picnic. And take along copies of the recipe…you’ll be asked for it!
- 1 lb mild pork sausage
- ½ cup chopped onion
- 2 15 oz cans green beans, drained
- 1 15 oz can baked beans
- 1 15 oz can pork & beans, undrained
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 can tomato soup, undiluted
- 1 6 oz can tomato paste
- 2 Tbsp prepared yellow mustard
- ¾ cup real bacon bits
- Brown the sausage and onion together, then drain. Combine all of the beans, sugar, Worcestershire sauce, soup, paste and mustard in a slow cooker. Add the drained sausage and onions. Cook on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 5-6 hours. With one hour left, sprinkle on ¾ cup bacon bits. Cook remaining time, serve and enjoy!
Do you love bean casseroles? Try this Hillbilly Caviar Bean Dip!