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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Free Gas Baked Beans (No Pun Intended)

No pictures for this one... everyone knows what baked beans look like.

Haha, yes, I meant what I said... free gas.  If you shop at Giant (or Martins) you know what I am saying.  Every week, they offer a small selection of products, that when a certain number are purchased, you can get a certain amount of money off per gallon of gas (up to 30 gallons).  For this recipe, I used many ingredients that I have been stocking up on while saving money on gasoline. :)  This is another "what's on hand" recipe.

  • Fry 1/2 lb. bacon in a large skillet.  Drain on paper towel.
  • Drain most of the drippings.
  • Brown 1 lb. venison (yes, deer meat.... we don't buy beef) in the same skillet - making sure to pick up all of the goodies left behind by the bacon!
  • Add canned tomatoes (could be diced, puree, whatever).  I had some leftover from another recipe in the fridge that needed to be used.  Or, better yet, fresh from the garden!
  • Cut/crumble in the bacon.
  • Add a can of your favorite baked beans (this is semi-homemade).
  • Pour/squeeze in a half c. or so of your favorite barbeque sauce (or whatever was on the gas points list!)
  • I added a bit of ketchup (should have gone for a little mustard, too).
  • In another skillet, melt 1/4 c. butter.
  • Saute 1 small onion in the butter until translucent.
  • Dump both butter and onions into the beans.
  • Simmer on low/crockpot on low for about an hour or until ready to serve.
This is a hearty, bold picnic favorite!  Hope you enjoy this spin... or make it your own!

P.S.  I have 5 more weeks, and I'm already up to 1.20 off per gallon!!!
Check out for more info. :)

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