Meal Note - 20180923

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Baked Beans


  • Large can of Bush's Original Baked Beans
  • 2 tbsp malt vinegar
  • 2 tbsp whiskey - I used Rittenhouse Rye this time because I'm getting low on my High West Rendezvous Rye.
  • 1 tbsp spicy brown mustard
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire
  • 2 tbsp Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce

I liked it, but I feel others would think there was too much vinegar. I'm going to keep writing down the variations until I nail it down. Ultimately I would like to not have to rely on Sweet Baby Ray's as an ingredient, but currently its the easiest way to get the sweet flavor right without explicitly using sugar.

Ground Beef Chili with Sweet Potato

I've wanted to make chili lately to have food option. The last time I was at the store I purchased a 27 oz. can of Bush's Chili Beans. Today I decided to make some but didn't wasn't really prepared, other than the can of chili beans. I used the recipe on the can as a starting point. Here's what I did, of course I added some whiskey, and the whole thing was fantastic!


  • 2 tsp oil (I used olive oil)
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, chopped or minced
  • 1 large sweet potato [My addition]
  • 1 can (27 oz) Bush's Chili Beans
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 Tbsp whiskey (I used Rittenhouse Rye) [My addition]
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper (I used half black half white)
  • 1/2 tsp sugar (I used honey)
  • 1 tsp chili powder (or to taste)
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes (recipe called for 1/2 cup ketchup)
  • 1 can (11 oz) white corn
  • (optional) 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper or hot sauce (I didn't use this)


  1. Heat oil in skillet.
  2. Cook beef until lightly browned. Push to one side of pan. Drain excess fat.
  3. Add onion and garlic. Cook to desired texture.
  4. Add sweet potato.
  5. Mix in remaining ingredients. Mix well, simmer 30 to 45 minutes.