1- 1.5 lbs of bacon
3/4 of a pepper (red, yellow or orange), cut into small pieces
2 tsp dry mustard
1/2 cup to 3/4 cup of brown sugar (depending on taste)
1 tsp paprika
pepper to taste
2 LARGE (2L each or 4 each of the regular sized cans) cans of tomato sauce or maple flavoured beans (NOT molasses flavoured or kidney beans)
2. In a large pot or pan, combine bacon, peppers, dry mustard, sugar, paprika and pepper. Let simmer to combine the ingredients. Taste the mixture. At this point it should have a bit of a bite to it. Adjust ingredients as necessary for your preference. You may want to add more paprika.
3. Add the beans to the pot or combine all ingredients in a slow cooker. Let cook until all ingredients are hot.
I usually cook bacon a couple days ahead of time, chop it up and throw it in the fridge. On branding morning I quickly simmer the bacon, peppers, onions and spices. I then throw that in the crockpot with the beans and leave it on low all day until it's time serve.
I made a single batch for 45 people at our branding. There wasn't a lick left! I would suggest making a double batch for over 35-40 people. It will keep in the fridge or can be frozen to eat later.