BBQ Beef and Bean Cornbread Casserole by Amity

For the homemade barbecue sauce:
    1 1/2 c. ketchup
    1/2 c. brown sugar
    1/4 c. Worcestershire sauce
    2 T. honey
    2 t. salt
    1 t. cumin
    1 t. chili powder
    1/2 t. allspice
    1/2 t. crushed red pepper flakes
    1/2 t. pepper

Combine all BBQ sauce ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.

For the beef and bean combination:

    1/2 lb. dried beans (any kind, I usually use pinto or kidney)
    1/2 – 1 lb. ground beef
    1 onion, diced
    salt and pepper to taste
    optional: 1/2 diced green pepper, 1 diced celery stalk, 1 shredded carrot
    2 c. barbecue sauce (homemade or from a bottle)

1. Soak beans overnight and cook until done.
2. Brown ground beef with onions and any optional ingredients, and salt and pepper to taste. Drain. Combine beans and beef. Add reserved BBQ sauce and stir to coat all. Pour into a 13×9 casserole dish.

For the cornbread:
    3/4 c. corn meal
    1 1/4 c. flour
    1/4 c. sugar
    2 t. baking powder
    1/2 t. salt
    1 c. milk
    1 egg, beaten
    1/2 c. vegetable oil, melted butter, or meat drippings
1. Combine all dry ingredients. Stir in remaining ingredients until moist.
2. Spoon over beef and bean filling.
3 cover & freeze
4 cooking day: Thaw Bake @400* for 30-15 min.

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