Wednesday, April 27, 2011
BBQ Baked Beans
Beans in a can are great, but nothing is more rewarding than making a pot of your very own BBQ baked beans. It may take a little longer, but you won't mind when your house smells like these tangy and rich baked beans.
Ham and Lentil Soup with regular beans) so I used them.
Here's something that's really important. You want to make sure you use fresh beans. I know this sounds like a misnomer--fresh dried beans? But it's true. Apparently if beans get too old, they lose the ability to fully rehydrate and no matter what you do, they'll still be hard in the middle. Check the expiration dates on the beans (if there are any) and get the freshest you can find.
Put them in a large bowl and cover them with 3 to 4 times the amount of water.
The next day, drain the beans and put them on standby while you start the good stuff.
Roscoe's Root Beer and Ribs.
I just bought this bottle a month ago and it's already almost gone. Uh oh.
At this point, you could do a number of things with the beans. You could leave them in the pot and let them simmer for 30-45 minutes. You could move them to an oven-safe dish (if your pot isn't oven-safe) and cook them low and slow at 250F for 2-3 hours. You could throw them on the grill at the same temp for around the same time. You could even throw them in a crock pot.
And, with just a little oven time, I got a pot of rich, tangy baked beans with a thick, sweet sauce, great bits of bacon, and deliciously seasoned beans. They make take a little longer, but oh my gosh, they are so worth it!
Recipe: BBQ Baked Beans
1 c. dried beans
3 c. water
5 slices bacon, cut into large pieces
1/2 onion, chopped
1/2 bell pepper, chopped
1/3 c. BBQ sauce
1 tbsp. molasses
2 tbsp. brown sugar
1 shot bourbon
1 tsp. mustard
1 bay leaf
2 tbsp. cider vinegar
salt and pepper, to taste
The day before you intend on preparing your beans, soak them in water at least 8 hours. After they have soaked, drain the water and rinse the beans to make sure they are clean.
In a large pot, gently render the fat from the bacon. Remove bacon from pot while still limp.
Saute onion and peppers in the rendered bacon fat until softened. Add in beans.
Add BBQ sauce, molasses, brown sugar, bourbon, mustard, bay leaf, cider vinegar, and salt and pepper. Top with rendered bacon pieces. Follow one of the options to finish cooking beans:
* Leave beans in the pot and let them simmer for 30-45 minutes.
* Move beans an oven-safe dish (if your pot isn't oven-safe) and cook at 250F for 2-3 hours.
* Move beans to a grill-safe dish and leave in a covered 250F grill for 2-3 hours.
* Move beans to a crock pot and cook on low for 7-8 hours.