Easily goes vegetarian without the bacon. But why would you ever not put bacon in something? I just did this tonight, it turned out great. Sweet and a bit smokey, sort of like B&M brand beans, which are my favorite brand.
I chopped four strips of smoked bacon from Hartrich's butcher in Illinois
Fried that in my cast iron skillet.
Poured in a can of pink goya beans.
Made a sauce of (this is very similar to how I make bbq):
Ketchup - maybe 6 T
apple butter - maybe 4 T
about 3T brown sugar
a couple glops of maple syrup
...and poured it over the beans.
Simmered that slop for about 15 minutes. Yums.