How many recipes do you have that say (so and so’s) baked beans or so and so’s name your recipe?

My mother always made great baked beans and I have several of her handwritten recipes in my collection.  Her recipe was named Janie Mays Baked Beans.  Mom didn’t have a friend or acquaintance named Janie Mays…at least that I knew of and I always wondered who Janie Mays was.

I have had this recipe on my website for quite awhile under my mom’s name.  Uhlma’s Baked Beans.

I have discovered the mystery of who Janie Mays was!  Southern Living’s May issue on entertaining included recipes  from their “Southern Living Party Cookbook”, originally published in 1972. “Many of the recipes in this storied cookbook are still some of our favorites today—such as Janie May’s Baked Beans.”  I was so excited to finally know where that recipe originated.  Southern Living adapted the recipe substituting smoked spicy pork sausage slices, but I prefer the original way…crumbled pork sausage browned  on the stove top and drained before adding the beans and spices.

Mom's Baked Beans photo by Kathy Miller


  • 4  (16 ounce) cans of beans in tomato sauce
  • 1 pounds mild bulk sausage
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 2 tablespoons prepared yellow mustard
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 large sweet onion, minced
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste


  1. Lightly fry sausage, drain.
  2. Stir in other ingredients then pour into casserole dish.
  3. Bake in a 350 degree oven for at least 1 hour.


This is my mother's recipe and no amounts were given on the seasonings. You may adjust according to your taste.

By KathyMillerTime
Janie May's Baked Beans


Recipe Printed from www.kathymillertime.com

I’m getting ready for the 4th of July and will be making these baked beans for sure!  Also will be posting more recipes for the 4th…ones that I always use…tradition you know!

Memorial Day table or 4th of July table photo by Kathy Miller

Watch for more 4th of July recipes.

Come celebrate with me.  I’ll save you a seat at the table.



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