Cowboy Beans with Brisket and Sausage

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This versatile recipe for beans with bacon and brisket belongs in its own comfort food category to be made again and again. You can try it with ground beef or switch up the sausage and bean varieties for endless combinations. Especially good served with our Chilies and Cheddar Cornbread!

Serves: 6
Difficulty: easy
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time (beans): 20 min
Cook time (cornbread): 45 min
Special tools: mixer for cornbread, meat thermometer


Cowboy Beans with Brisket and Sausage
2 yellow onions, diced
2 T olive oil
3/4 lb bacon, roughly chopped
1 lb Market-made Hungarian Link Sausages
1.5 T apple cider vinegar
1 jar (11.3 oz) Primal Kitchen Spicy Ketchup
1/3 c brown sugar
1 lg can (28 oz) baked beans
1 can ea (15.5 oz) Cento Dark Kidney Beans, Chickpeas, and Cannellini Beans (or other)
1 t salt
1/2 t black pepper
2 t hot sauce (or to taste)
1 t Worcestershire sauce *
1 lb Market Kitchen Smoked Brisket, cut into bite-size cubes

green onion, chopped for garnish
sour cream, for garnish

Chilies and Cheddar Cornbread
1 c + 2 T cornmeal
1 c all-purpose flour
1 1/2 t salt
1 t baking soda
1 T baking powder
1/2 c unsalted butter, softened
1/4 c sugar
1/2 c sour cream
2 eggs
1 c + 3/4 c milk
2 c green hot or mild chilies, drained well and chopped
1 c corn, fresh-cut or frozen
1 c cheddar or Jack or blend, shredded


Cowboy Beans with Brisket and Sausage
In large pot, sauté onion in olive oil 2 min over medium-high heat. Add bacon and cook until lightly browned, 5 min. Add sausage and brown, flipping over once, cooking approx. 3 min total. Add apple cider vinegar, ketchup, brown sugar and beans with liquid (do not drain). Bring to a simmer, cooking 10 min over medium heat until sausages are 165 degrees internal temp. Remove sausages and, when cool enough to handle, slice into bite-size pieces. Meanwhile, add to the pot: salt, pepper, hot sauce, Worcestershire and chunks of smoked brisket. Add sausage back and heat thoroughly. Taste and adjust seasonings and hot sauce, as desired. Remove from heat and serve with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkling of chopped green onion, then serve with slices of Chilies and Cheddar Cornbread.

Chilies and Cheddar Cornbread
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Butter or spray a 3-quart baking dish. In a large bowl, mix together cornmeal, flour, salt, baking soda and powder; set aside. In a separate mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar until smooth, approx. 2 min, on medium speed. Add sour cream and eggs and mix well, approx. 30 sec. Add milk and dry ingredients in thirds, alternating until all is incorporated. Stir in chilies, corn and cheese. Pour into baking dish. Bake 35-40 min until center springs back when gently pressed and skewer inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool before cutting/serving.

* To make this recipe gluten-free friendly, use gluten-free Worcestershire sauce.