Block Party Beans
Boston Baked Beans meet Sloppy Joe in this easy, crowd pleasing dish.
Why This Recipe Works
We usually prefer to use dried beans, but in our recipe for Block Party Beans the difference between canned and dried beans was minimal, so we chose canned beans. For the sauce, we mixed tomato sauce with brown sugar (for its pleasing hint of molasses), bottled barbecue sauce (which added a smoky note), and red pepper flakes and cider vinegar for a bright finish. Tasters preferred the traditional choice of ground beef to any other meat combinations we tried.