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German Baked Beans For a Crowd

~Photo by Jessica Rose~

Last Saturday was our 37th annual Davis Family Pig Roast.  (My maiden name is Davis, FYI.)  This family reunion was started four years before I was born, and now the responsibilities have been passed on to the next generation and I’m on the planning committee and have been in charge of creating & sending the invitations for the last five years.

The remaining Davis siblings (RIP Jimmy, Doris, and Mary): Margie, Nadene, Donnie (the one who started the pig roast), Ruby, and my Dad, Jon.

~Photo by Jessica Rose~

The younger generation that runs the roast nowadays.

~Photo by Jessica Rose~

The pig roast is an all day affair, starting early in the morning when a few good men get up at the crack of dawn to put the pig (prepped the night before) on our custom roaster, and it doesn’t end until well after dark, with everyone gathering around a bonfire to drink, chat, and roast hot dogs and marshmallows for s’mores.

~Photo by Jessica Rose~

We spend the day mostly talking, though there are things you can entertain yourself with, such as Bingo, swimming in the lake, bike riding, or walking.  The main event however, is the afternoon meal, which we eat when the pig is done.

~Photo by Jessica Rose~

Dennis leads us in a prayer before the meal, and then it’s on.  Well, after you stand in a really long line, then it’s on. :)

~Photo by Jessica Rose~

First we go inside where all the sides that family have brought are lined up on tables…

Then we go outside to the table where the meat has been cut up and laid out, along with garlic bread.

Then we go back inside (or take a chair outside) to chow down.

Some people bring the same thing every year, and I love that because it gives you something to look forward to.  Like Aunt Ruby’s Garlic Salad.  It just wouldn’t be the Pig Roast without her garlic salad (which she actually doesn’t even  make herself any more, her son Tyson does it for her!).   Then there’s people like me, who make something different every year.  This year I decided to bring a big crockpot full of German Baked Beans, which I found the recipe for on The Better Baker’s blog.  I knew when she posted it that it’d be perfect for our reunion, and I was right.  It was devoured!

Dennis said he could taste the saurkraut (and liked it), but if I hadn’t made it and couldn’t see it in there, I would have had no clue.  These beans are sweet and so good with the onion and sausage in them, but if you’d like more sass to them, you can try skipping the rinsing on the saurkraut and that might give them a bit of a zip.  This is how I made them in the crockpot for a crowd.  If you’d like the oven-baked, regular-sized recipe, you can click the link to Marsha’s blog at the end.

German Baked Beans For a Crowd

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2 (15 oz) cans pork and beans
2 (15 oz) cans baked beans
2 (14 oz) cans sauerkraut, rinsed and drained
2 cups unsweetened applesauce
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 small or 1 large onion, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground mustard
1 (14 oz) package kielbasa sausage, sliced & quartered

Combine all ingredients in a 6 quart crockpot and cook on low for 4-5 hours, removing the cover during the last hour to let some of the liquid evaporate if desired.

Alternately, you can halve this recipe for a smaller crowd and bake it in the oven. To do this, preheat oven to 400F and combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Transfer to a 2-qt. baking dish, coated with nonstick cooking spray. Bake uncovered for 1 – 1-1/2 hours.

Recipe source: The Better Baker

I just love my family!

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I have a kitchen addiction and love to collect & share recipes. My passion is baking but I love to cook as well. The only thing I don't like to do in the kitchen is wash dishes, but my husband generally does them for me in exchange for his dinner.

20 responses »

  1. thebetterbaker11

    What an awesome post! I love that your family gets together regularly…and that there are so many of you, and many from the younger generation. And I LOVE that you fixed/shared my recipe for the beans. They really are yummy. I have NO doubt that your family really loves you too. With so many families drifting apart in this day and age, it’s a real blessing to know of a family like yours, who still gets together for fun, food and fellowship. Thanks for sharing all those wonderful photos!

    • I guess I take it for granted b/c it’s what I’ve always known, at least on the Davis side. My Mom’s side is like how you say, drifted apart. At my Gramps’ funeral, I met 2nd cousins I didn’t know I had. So I probably should appreciate our reunions even more than I do!

  2. Great post and the beans look wonderful.

  3. The Bean recipe sounds delicious! I had seen this on Marsha’s blog, but hadnt made it yet,..and I really need to, because I love Baked Bean recipes!!! =)
    Thanks so much for sharing all of the wonderful photos!

    Was the reunion in KS?

    • Yes, at lake Afton. We used to have it at my aunt and uncle’s house in Maize (we were married there too), but they got too old so we rent a shelter now – this is our second year doing it that way and it’s working well for us.

  4. Why have I never thought to add sauerkraut to beans?!! Of course, I’ll leave out the onion, not rinse the kraut for the extra zip – thanks V!

  5. I need a pig roast in my life! I love the applesauce in here. I’ve never done it myself but now I’m wondering why I haven’t all along?

  6. LOVE this – my family gets together much in the same way. Talking ALL DAY LONG. So many people to talk to! Like Biz, I wondered why I never added kraut to baked beans! I need to try this, and see if MAK notices the kraut! :)

    • Well you can definitely see it and feel it in your mouth, but the flavor didn’t register at all on my palate so maybe he’ll think it’s some more innocent ingredient – lol.

  7. So much fun! I love family gatherings. Hope your day was a good one.

  8. So much good food and so much fun! I love the baked beans you made. An awesome side dish.

  9. Looks like everyone had a great time! I love those baked beans!

  10. Wow I can smell this from my house! I can eat baked beans basically everyday but have never made my own. Looks like I will be starting soon, great recipe!

  11. We missed our reunion this year. :( We have characters (said with much love) and it is always a hoot! Would never, never, never have put sauerkraut in baked beans but I bet it worked!

  12. How fun!! Love the looks and sounds of these baked beans. I’d be all over them if they were at a pot luck! I’ll have to make them the next time I need a covered dish!

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  14. Aww your family does seem really fun! I WISH my family did family gatherings like this!! Those beans look killer too :)


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