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This is my first attempt for a dry bean cook. I started thinking about the the concept while I was at work yesterday, as I pondered what to make to go with my brisket for today.

Pork & Beans with Lentils

2lbs dry Great Northern Beans

1lb dry Lentils

1 medium Yellow Onion, finely chopped

1-1/3 cup Dark Brown Sugar

12 oz Tomato paste

6 oz can green chilies

20 oz can Pineapple Chunks, drained well, rough chopped (save juice for brazing meats, etc)

4 Tbls Kosher Salt (2 for soaking beans, 2 for the mix)

1 Tbls fine ground Black Pepper

2 Tbls Paprika

½ Tbls Chili Powder

1 Tbls Garlic Powder

1lb uncooked Smoked Bacon, cut across the slice to approx. 3/8 inch


Thoroughly mix 2 Tbls Kosher Salt into 2 gallons very warm water, add beans and Lentils and soak 12-15 hours.
Drain and thoroughly rinse.

Add 2 Tbls Kosher Salt and 2 quarts water with all other ingredients into a covered roaster large enough for the food depth to be less than 3” (for more even and faster cooking).

Cook covered in smoker for approx. 4-6 hours @ 225-250* until internal temperature is above 170*, then, continue cooking uncovered for 2-3 hours to reduce the sauce as desired, and until beans and lentils are to your desired tenderness (internal temperature will be well above 170*).

Gently stir the mixture about every 2 hours for even cooking and to help prevent sticking.

Serves 20-25 people.

Here's a look, from mixed in the roasting pan to the finish:

Ready for the smoker:

After the 1st 4 hours at 225-240*:

For next 2 hours the roaster was uncovered @ the same temp range, then, covered @ 275-285* for another 2 hours (total: 8 hrs).

After the final stir, and a 15 minute rest while covered:

The above yielded a product with a slight chew (just the way I like them). For more tenderness, another 1-1/2 to 2 hours covered cooking would do the job.

This could be cooked in a slow cooker as well, with additional cooking time. Smoked Pork Rib trimmings could be added to this as well, to really kick it up.

This was a very nice change from the canned beans...not so sweet, and the consistency of the beans can be finished just the way you like them.

Thanks everyone, enjoy!

post #2 of 6
Real nice beans Man. Thanks for the QVIEW, they sound delicious.
post #3 of 6
Very nice! And...thanks for the recipe. I really like lentils and this is a new twist on making them. Very nice looking plate of dinner, Eric! PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #4 of 6
very nice indeed-looks great
post #5 of 6
Man i Love dry beans in anything...Nice JOB.
Gotta a bunch of drying beans half ready in field.
Like the Green Chiles etc.

Still like Bean Stew with the Ham-Bone in it from growin up..
post #6 of 6
Those beans look great. I gotta try out the recipe. I love BBQ Beans.
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