August 27, 2003

Great for your Heart!

I'm cleaning up the side-cabinet in the kitchen where I normally tape recipes and ideas that I'm working on. I didn't want to lose the details of my normal bean "recipe" even though by now I've pretty much memorized it. Originally from William.

4-6 lbs of beans, cooked in cans
3 lbs uncooked beans (small white or pinto) soaked overnight

1 small yellow onion, minced
1/2 yellow, red, or green bell pepper, minced

1/2 C BBQ sauce
1/4 C maple syrup
1/4 C molasses
1/4 C dark brown sugar, packed
1.5 tsp dry mustard
1/8 tsp black pepper
1/8 tsp chili powder
2 tsp Frank's Hot Sauce
2 tsp Tapatio Hot Sauce

1) Mix up sauce
2) Sweat vegetables
3) Drain beans, if using canned reserve the liquid
4) Combine all in a large dutch oven
5) Add either reserved liquid or water to cover beans
6) If using canned, skip this step: Cook 2-3 hours at 250-325 (either in smoker or oven), covered until beans are tender
7) Place in smoker underneath BBQing meats, uncovered for 2-3 hours. Add more liquid if needed to keep beans slightly covered. However, allow the mixture to thicken/reduce. Stir every once in a while.
8) There will likely be a layer of grease on the top of the beans. Stir this in during cooking, but don't do so at the end. Lay several paper towels on the top of the beans to soak it up and remove. Stir one final time.

Posted by dowdy at August 27, 2003 10:59 AM