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Dr Pepper Beans

2 pounds Kielbasa, cut into 1/4-inch rounds (or your favorite sausage)
1 3/4 cups Dr Pepper (divided use)
4 (15-ounce) cans pinto beans
1(15-ounce) bottle ketchup
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
Dash Tabasco sauce
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
1/2 pound mild cheddar cheese, grated
1/2 cup bread crumbs

Heat skillet over medium heat. Add sausage and 3/4 cup Dr Pepper. Bring to
boil. Cover and lower heat. Continue cooking about 30 minutes,
until Dr Pepper becomes syrupy.

Preheat oven to 375 F. Drain pinto beans; place in large saucepan. Add 1 cup
Dr Pepper,
ketchup, wine vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce, soy sauce, salt,
pepper, garlic powder, mustard and onion.

Bring to simmer, stirring occasionally. Pour into 3-quart buttered baking
dish. Stir in sausage mixture; top with cheese and bread crumbs.
Bake, covered, for 40 minutes or until cheese is
melted and mixture is bubbling. Makes 12 servings.

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