Warm Southern Breeze

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Better-than-Boston Baked Beans Recipe

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Friday, August 6, 2021

Summer’ll be winding down soon enough, and you should have enjoyed at least ONE backyard barbecue in that time.

And just in the case you haven’t… here’s a recipe that’ll get you going!

The recipe is Complete!

With FREE “Easy-Peasy Instructions”!!

Baked Beans

1 – 2 pounds navy beans (dry)
1 – 2 onions (red/yellow/white)
½ pound bacon
½ pound ground pork sausage
2 Tablespoons crushed garlic
2 – 3 spicy peppers (jalapeño, chipotle, etc.)
2 – 3 bell peppers (green, red, yellow)
1 medium can diced tomatoes
1 medium can tomato paste
¼ cup sorghum syrup (NOT “molasses” – it’s sulfured & bitter)
¼ cup honey
¼ cup maple syrup
¼ cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 – 2 cans/bottles beer
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce (I ONLY use Lea & Perrin’s, the ORIGINAL)
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon dry mustard
½ teaspoon ground cloves
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon allspice

Easy-Peasy Instructions

• Slice & dice bacon, crumble ground pork, add to beans as they cook.
Cook beans to “al dente,” i.e., NOT mushy, using any method – pressure cooker, slow cooker, stovetop.
Dice vegetables (onions & peppers).
Make a beer+vinegar slurry using all other ingredients – tomato paste, sweeteners, spices – cook it down until it changes color, or to desired flavor.
• Combine beans+meat mixture (reserving stock to adjust consistency) with vegetables+diced tomatoes in a baking dish.
Bake 30-45 minutes @ 350ºF.
• May cover with foil while cooking.

Rationale: The dish is essentially cooked separately in 2 parts: Sauce, and Beans. (They may be cooked simultaneously, but separately.) Cooking beans with the meat adds flavor –and– cooks meat simultaneously, while also preventing over-cooking. It’s a step-saver and pan-saver. Cooking the “slurry” separately, like you would a spaghetti sauce, allows more control over its flavor, and consistency, and by not adding the vegetables+diced tomatoes, maintains their color, texture, and flavor.

NOTE: In most instances, recipes are but broad guidelines for making a dish, and may be altered to suit the tastes of the cook, or the guests. Feel free to add, increase, decrease, eliminate, change, or substitute, ingredients or their volumes.

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