Make Paula Deen's cowboy or baked bean recipe by combining cans of pork and beans in a Dutch oven with maple syrup, brown sugar and ketchup. Another cowboy bean recipe uses ranch-style beans and ground chuck in place of the pork and beans.
In a Dutch oven, first add two 16-ounce cans of pork and beans, 1/2 pound of chopped bacon strips and 1 large diced onion in a Dutch oven. Mix in 1/4 cup of maple syrup, 1/4 cup of light brown sugar, 4 tablespoons of ketchup, 3 tablespoons of yellow mustard and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Cover the Dutch oven with a lid. Bake for 45 to 60 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
To make cowboy beans from freshly cooked meat, place 1 pound of ground chuck in a skillet. Season it with 1 tablespoon of chili powder, salt and pepper, and brown over medium-high heat. Remove the meat, and cook 1 medium chopped onion and 1 medium chopped bell pepper in the meat fat. Once the vegetables start to soften, place the meat back in the pan along with 1 gallon of ranch-style beans and 1/2 cup of chopped canned jalapenos. Stir in 1 cup of smoked barbecue sauce and 2 cups of brown sugar. Transfer the skillet to the oven once the brown sugar melts. Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 45 minutes.