Throw this Slow Cooker Sausage Baked Bean Casserole together in the morning and forget it until your picnic. It’s packed with bacon and 3 kinds of beans.
Whew! That’s quite a title for a recipe. But if there is any recipe that needs a long, grand title…this would be it!
This Slow Cooker Sausage Baked Bean 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?
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 cooked the bacon first, then drained and crumbled it. 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 Sausage Baked Bean 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 Slow Cooker Sausage Baked Bean Casserole for your next picnic. And take along copies of the recipe…you’ll be asked for it!
Slow Cooker Sausage Baked Bean Casserole
- 1 lb mild pork sausage
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 30 ounces green beans 2 cans, drained
- 15 ounces baked beans
- 15 ounces pork & beans undrained
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 11 ounces tomato soup undiluted
- 6 ounces tomato paste
- 2 tablespoons prepared yellow mustard
- 3/4 cup bacon cooked and crumbled
- 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 3/4 cup bacon bits.
- Cook remaining time, serve and enjoy!
Do you love bean casseroles? Try this Hillbilly Caviar Bean Dip!