• Bourbon BBQ Beans

    No summer cook out is complete without the beans, right? So, after all the time and effort you spent choosing high-quality proteins, sweating over a fire and smoking, barbecuing or grilling them to perfection, why would you open a CAN of beans and dump ‘em into a bowl? No, my friend, you need some epic beans to go with your competition-worthy smoked baby back ribs, or even just a good, thick, juicy burger. These beans fit that bill, and will become a staple for all future meat-cooked-on-a-fire events.

    Bourbon Barbecue Baked Beans Recipe
    1 lb thick cut bacon, diced (I use apple wood smoked)
    1 large red onion, diced
    1 bell pepper, diced
    1 jalapeño*, diced
    1 Granny Smith apple, diced
    3 cans of beans, whatever kind you like. I use kidney, black, and white beans
    1/2 cup raisins
    3/4 cup barbecue sauce (something rich and sweet, like Sweet baby Ray’s)
    4 tablespoons molasses
    1/4 cup Kentucky Bourbon or Tennessee whiskey
    2 teaspoons dry mustard
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1/4 teaspoon black pepper
    1 bay leaf

    In a large sauce pan (5 quarts or more), cook the bacon until crispy. Remove the bacon, and all but 2-3 tablespoons of the bacon fat. Add the onion, pepper and jalapeño and sweat them just until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients, and the reserved bacon, and simmer over medium-low heat for about 30 minutes, until they thicken and the flavors come together. Serve with amazing barbecue.

    *Depending on how spicy you like your beans, you may want to remove the veins and seeds from the jalapeño.

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