Old Settler’s Baked Beans aka Cowboy Baked Beans

These baked beans are always a crowd pleaser. I almost always double or triple the recipe for a crowd and it’s never a problem. You can also use different meat, depending on what’s local and available. One time I made them for friends in New Orleans and used Tasso ham which gave the beans a real kick! Remember, most recipes are just a guide to success!



  1. Decide on the vessel you plan to cook your beans in and set aside.  I prefer to use an oven safe heavy Dutch Oven or a large Crockpot.
  2. Brown the ground beef.  Once browned, drain off the fat and transfer the browned meat to the pot you are using to cook the beans in.  Repeat above steps with the bacon.
  3. Sauté the onion until translucent in olive oil (okay, a little bacon grease would be good as well) adding a little salt to make the onions sweat then some freshly ground black pepper.  When almost finished (about 4–5 min) move the onion to one side of the pan and add the garlic and sauté until fragrant (about 1 min) then combine with the onion.  Transfer the onion and garlic to the pot.
  4. Open and drain and rinse Kidney and Butter beans and add to the pot
  5. Open baked beans and pour off much, but not all, of the sauce and to the pot
  6. In a small bowl combine brown & white sugar, catsup, dried mustard, and molasses. Mix thoroughly and add to the pot
  7. Gently mix together all ingredients in the pot, while incorporating parsley
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for one hour, then reduce to 250 degrees for an additional two hours stirring Occasionally

Smokey and Sweet Baby Back Ribs!

Opening Day is next Monday, and spring is in the air. Well, it’s supposed to be anyway, but here in Baltimore we just got some snow! But we’re still trying to get in the spring spirit, and nothing says warmer weather like BBQ! We slow cook our ribs for four hours to ensure that the ribs get super tender. We also use a dry rub which encrusts the ribs in a beautiful crust, or bark. So, never be intimidated by ribs again! Don’t believe us? Give it a try!

Friday Grilling: Dave’s BBQ Sauce!

It’s Friday and we’re so excited for this weekend! We are busy working on our deck and can’t wait to start some outdoor cooking.

So in the spirit of our excitement, we’re making barbecue! Try Dave’s special sauce! In Leah’s opinion, it is smack-your-mama good!



· 2 Tablespoons Butter
· ½ cup chopped Sweet Onion
· 1 Tablespoon tomato paste
· 1 cup ketchup
· ½ cup apple cider vinegar
· 1/3 cup of chili sauce
· ¾ cup brown sugar
· ½ cup honey
· 1/3 cup Worcestershire
· ½ tablespoon smoked paprika
· ½ tablespoon cayenne pepper
· 2 tablespoon chili powder


Sauté the chopped onion in the butter. Once translucent, add the tomato paste.

Once the onions are browned, add the ketchup.

Brown the onions and ketchup.

Then, add the remaining ingredients. Cook until the sugar is dissolved.

Once cooked through, process in a blender. You can skip this step if you don’t mind chunky BBQ sauce.