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Old 08-02-2013, 11:39 AM   #11
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May 2007
Norfolk, MA
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I start by soaking a bag of beans overnight in water.
Next day I start the crock pot early with:
1lb bacon - raw and chopped
1 large onion, chopped
brown sugar
mustard powder
ginger powder
apple cider

Mix all together and let them cook. when they are a few hours in i transfer them to an aluminum pan and smoke under whatever pork product is being smoked. AWESOME!

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Old 08-02-2013, 12:42 PM   #12
Dec 2007
Verona, WI
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I've never been disappointed by Alton Brown's baked beans.

They are not smoked, but I am sure you can adapt it.
You'll never open a can of beans again. I've converted people who hate regular baked beans into bean-lovers with AB's recipe.
I've even made giant batches for weddings by request.

1 pound dried Great Northern beans
1 pound bacon, chopped
1 onion, chopped
2 jalapenos, chopped
1/4 cup tomato paste
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 cup molasses
Vegetable broth
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoons kosher salt
Heat oven to 250 degrees F.

Soak beans in a plastic container overnight in just enough cold water to submerge them completely.

Place a cast iron Dutch oven over medium heat and stir in the bacon, onion, and jalapenos until enough fat has rendered from the bacon to soften the onions, about 5 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste, dark brown sugar, and molasses.

Drain the beans and reserve the soaking liquid. Add the drained beans to the Dutch oven. Place the soaking liquid in a measuring cup and add enough vegetable broth to equal 4 cups of liquid. Add the liquid to the Dutch oven and bring to a boil over high heat. Add in cayenne, black pepper and salt. Give them a stir and cover with the lid. Place the Dutch oven in the oven for 6 to 8 hours, or until the beans are tender.

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Old 08-05-2013, 11:04 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by dfess1 View Post
We have a group brew day at our place this saturday. I'm looking to do some smoked baked beans. Anyone have a tried and true recipe? I've got a couple from some search's, but nothing with any feedback on it. Maybe one with some bourbon in it? Making 4 butts at the same time.
Picking up the drippings from the pork is a nice move. My recipe is has pleased hundreds of people:
Canned baked beans- gotta be Bush's
As much diced bacon as you want
Diced onion
Cider vinegar
Red pepper flakes, pinch
Brown sugar
A splash of worchestershire
Some ketchup
Molasses- the key ingredient

All are added to your taste after the bacon's rendered and the onions are almost caramelized.

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