Having started with one small steakhouse, Golden Corral Corporation has grown into one of the nation's strongest family restaurant chains. The ability to adapt to changing tastes allowed Golden Corral to continue growing during the 1980s and 1990s as changes in eating habits and increased competition brought drastic change to the family steakhouse business. Success continued in the 2000s as well--by 2003 the company operated and franchised 467 restaurants throughout the United States, serving 167.5 million guests that year.


Smoky BBQ Beans

Golden Corral Copycat Recipe

Makes 12 1/2 Cup Servings

1 (16 oz.) package dry navy beans, rinsed
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
8 cups water
1/2 cup hickory smoked BBQ sauce
1/4 cup chili sauce
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard

In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, combine beans, onion, apple and water. Bring to a boil. Boil for 30 minutes and remove from the heat. Let stand 1 1/2 hours or until the beans are tender.

If necessary, drain the bean mixture.  In a slow cooker, combine the bean mixture and all the remaining ingredients. Mix well.  Cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours or until the beans are very tender and a deep rich brown color.

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