Chef-Sorry for getting back to you late on this~it's been one of those weeks today.
By all means change up the recipe to suit your taste. I like your idea of using sausage AND bacon-wish I had thought of it first. As for using crushed pineapple-go for it, I use crushed pineapple quite a bit; and more so lately-it kind of has that mystery ingredient vibe to it.
On the batch that I used molasses in, I went with the lite variety, when I sampled the regular molasses, I thought it was a bit strong.
I know what you mean about having to cook your own birthday dinner, I ended up cooking my birthday dinner last Tuesday.
So anyhoo~Happy Birthday to US!!!