Slow Cooker Saucy Baked Beans with Sausage

Original Recipe: Better Homes & Gardens Simple Slow Cooker Recipes.
This recipe was a hit with every family member, so there was only one serving left over for lunch the next day.  The great thing about it is how easy it would be to increase its volume: another can of beans, some extra sausage, another squirt of ketchup, chopped red or green pepper and onion, and so on.  I'm sure it could be prepared on the stovetop, but I needed a fix-it-and-forget-it meal that day, so the slow cooker was my method of choice.
I served it with barley I cooked on the side.  It was too saucy to eat as-is; I think it needs something like rice or barley to bulk it up.
2 cans (15 oz each) Great Northern beans, drained & rinsed
2 cans (15 oz each) pinto beans or small red beans, drained & rinsed
12 oz cooked smoked sausage, cut into 1/4" slices
3/4 cup ketchup
1/2 cup barbecue sauce
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
2 Tablespoons packed brown sugar
2 Tablespoons prepared mustard
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 medium red onion, finely chopped
(1) In a 3.5-, 4-, or 5.5-quart slow cooker, combine all ingredients.
(2) Cover; cook on low 5-6 hours or high 2.5-3 hours.
Kid Participation:
* dump all ingredients into slow cooker
* push slow cooker buttons (yay, allowed to play with appliances for once!)

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