Bourbon Baked Beans

These are addictive, and the wonderful aroma will fill the house.

1 lb bulk sausage or 1/2 lb bacon
4 16-oz cans baked beans
1 16-oz can crushed pineapple, drained
1 12-oz jar chili sauce
Heaping teaspoon instant coffee powder
1/2 C bourbon
1/4 C packed brown sugar
1 T molasses
1 t dry mustard

Cook sausage or bacon in a skillet until browned. If you use sausage, break it up as you cook it. Drain on paper towels. If you use bacon, crumble after cooking.

Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 2 hours. Uncover and let simmer until it’s as thick as you like it.

Note: You can use a half cup of strong coffee instead of the instant crystals, but the mixture comes out more soupy when you do, so you have to simmer it longer with the lid off.  We also substituted Wild Turkey liqueur, because we had no bourbon.