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post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

 

I've seen some really interesting baked beans posted lately, and I thought I'd try something myself.  I was doing some ribs in my horizontal offset, which has a nice warming pad right on top of the firebox.  You could do this in the oven/stove, but it's kind of fun to do it outside and save some electricity, and get some smoke on the beans!

 

First, rubbed a cast iron skillet with vegetable oil and season it in the smoking chamber for about 30 minutes.  

 

Then, I took it out and softened up some onions on top of the firebox for about 5 minutes:

 

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 Then, I proceed to dump in the following to the above mentioned skillet:

 

  • 24 oz. can of baked beans (the most plain, un-baconized or sugarized you can find, since we're adding the flavor).  
  • Some (meaning probably 1/4 or 1/3 cup) of yellow mustard, maple syrup.  Just rough estimates.
  • About a cup of Jeff's BBQ sauce, probably a little more.
  • A shot or two of Makers Mark (optional)
  • About a cup of chopped up rib bits.  I got mine from the section I trimmed on the spare ribs.  They had been in the smoker about 2 hours, so they were cooked through when I chopped 'em up.  I'm sure just about any bits of smoked meat would work.  Wish I had more but this is what I used:

 

 

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Now, warm it up on the firebox for about 30 minutes, stirring nicely to get everything blended.  I did this so I could keep stirring without opening the smoker too much.  Here it is all stirred up.  Look closely and you'll see the rib pieces mixed in with the beans and onion:

 

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Then, move the whole works into the smoking chamber for about 45 minutes to an hour.  Might need to add some water to keep it from drying up.

 

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You'll notice in the photo the ribs are uncovered, since it's the last hour of the 3-2-1 on the spares.

 

 

 

 

Here's everything put together ready to eat.  Clockwise from the top, you've got the wife's coleslaw, pork spareribs, baked beans, and Jeff's sauce.

 

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It was all delicious.  Obviously baked beans can be done a ton of different ways, and there's a lot of room for improvisation.  The rib bits were nice and tender but added just a little texture of their own.  There wasn't a strong smokey flavor to the beans, jsut a nice smooth bbq aroma.  Using real, non-canned beans would probably be a winning ticket if you have the time.  

 

Thanks for stopping by! 

post #2 of 12

Delicious!!!

 

Nice pictures..thanks!

 

    Craig

post #3 of 12

I love beans and chili done in cast iron..

Looks great

post #4 of 12

Great looking meal!

post #5 of 12

yummmmy yummmmy it looks so good i lost my words

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post #6 of 12

Looks Delicious from here...

post #7 of 12

Greetings, That all looks awesome...I got the amount of Maker's Mark in the Beans but how much in the Maker?...JJ

post #8 of 12
Thread Starter 

Kind of like slicing brisket for your guests..."one for you, one for me, one for you, one for me..."

post #9 of 12

looks like a great meal

 

post #10 of 12

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post #11 of 12

That looks like a mighty tasty meal for sure. Those beans look great

post #12 of 12

I love beans done up almost any way you can make them! These look fabulous !

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