Bramble Beans

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A friend gave me this recipe years ago.  I make it every once in a while and we like it.  The only reason I haven’t shared it with you before is that it isn’t very photogenic.  Some of my past attempts to photograph it have been dismal.

One reason I like this dish is that it can be cooked on the stove top or in the oven.  I’ve never tried it, but I bet it would work in the slow cooker too.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Bramble Beans
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2 cans pork & beans
  • 1 can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 Tbs. mustard
  • 2 Tbs. vinegar
  • 4 Tbs. brown sugar
  1. Brown hamburger and onion together in a skillet. Drain and rinse under hot water to remove extra grease.
  2. Return meat to skillet and stir in all other ingredients.
  3. Heat on stove top till hot or bake at 350 for 30-45 minutes.
  4. If you want to try the slow cooker method, cook on low for 3-5 hours.
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  1. This looks like a hearty supper for the coming cold winter
    evenings. I can’t wait to try this one when I am short on time
    and need something quick and filling. I bet we add this recipe to our
    old faithful’s. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  2. These look delicious! I was going to ask if they’re eaten as a main dish or a side dish, but Deanie answered that question for me! I think I’ll serve them with crusty bread. Thanks for the recipe!

  3. I LOVE beans! These would totally work here. And since I love them so much, I think they are very photogenic! Now, hummus, THAT is not photogenic (but nummy!)

  4. We do a version of this – omitting kidney beans and using about a pound of ground beef! Your right – it doesn’t look appetizing, but it’s really good for a quick, inexpensive meal!

  5. I was given a similar version of this recipe after college (tight budget :0) and added mac & cheese, we called it Cowboy Supper….no clue why! Very filling and kiddos love it!

  6. Barbara in Texas says:

    I would probably add onions to this recipe. Does sound like a dish my hubby would love.

  7. Judy Bramble Smith says:

    This is a version of my mothers recipe. She took it to a church potluck in Lexington, KY. Instead of just baked beans it was renamed “Bramble Beans” after her. Her name was Christine Bramble.

    • Judy, thanks for sharing that story. I live in Lexington now, but the recipe came from a friend who was from TN. I love to hear how recipes originated and the stories behind them.


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