This recipe below is more Southern than Boston Baked Beans, sweeter, and will make the best baked beans you’ve ever had, certain to wow your guests. OK, I know there’s a lotta stuff in this recipe, but when you consider that baked beans are really a stew, and stews get complexity from, well, stewing, I say the more stuff, the merrier. The important thing is that it’s quick and easy to assemble. Lotsa stuff, little fuss. Besides, nothing that has bacon in it can be bad.
There is an alternative prep, and a lot of rib joints make their BBQ beans this way: They take the unsold ribs from yesterday, scrape the meat off the bone, and use it instead of the bacon. Some even add scraps from their other meats. The best rib joints put their bean pans under the meat in their smokers and let the drippings fall into the stew bringing with them flavor from the rub seasonings, fat, and smoke. This is a great technique, but it is easy to over smoke them, so leave them in the smoker for only 2 to 3 hours on your first try.
If you are from Texas or South Carolina or New Orleans, you might not like these beans because they are sweet. That’s the way the rest of the nation likes beans. Sorry. You need to try my recipe for Grannie’s Texas Beans or Hoppin’ John or Red Beans & Rice.
Speaking of rice, Hoppin John and Red Beans & Rice are excellent examples of how well beans go with rice. For a surprise, serve this recipe with white rice. This recipe is certain to become a favorite BBQ and grilling side dish.
Published On: 5/16/2015 Last Modified: 4/15/2021
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