Home made baked beans from dry beans, not a can

Discussion in 'Side Items' started by raceyb, Oct 20, 2009.

  1. raceyb

    raceyb Smoking Fanatic

    I did a forum search and did not find any baked bean recipes that start with dry beans as opposed to opening cans of Bush beans and doctoring them up. I love to cook beans and I think I can pull something together that will be better then BUSHs baked beans. (the grilling beans are VERY good however and will be hard to beat)

    If I am successful (if friends and neighbors say so) I'll post some pics and maybe I'll include a list of ingredients [​IMG]

    Is anyone else interested in cooking baked beans for 5-6 hours or am I nuts? lol
  2. Yep' love to cook my own beans here. I have not yet tried to smoke any I use a slow cooker "crock pot" after soaking them overnight and a rinse.
    My favorite are small pink beans Santa Maria style. Great recipe.
    Keep us posted on your adventure.
  3. athabaskar

    athabaskar Smoking Fanatic

    I love dry beans from scratch. You get to control the ingredients and keep out the preservatives and keep the sodium low. Normally I just start soaking whatever bean looks good at the time and then I'll build the meal around them based on the direction I go with the seasoning. Split peas and lentils are pretty cool too.
  4. the dude abides

    the dude abides Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    My mom does them from scratch and bakes them in a ceramic style pot for hours. They're the best I've ever had. I've never tried to make them.

    Looking forward to seeing your results and recipie.
  5. erain

    erain Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    like the dude says... nothing beats from scratch!!! only way my mother did it as well and they were outstanding!!!
  6. The first time I made these I used the recipe off the back of the bag the beans came in. When they were done, I tasted them. It was not the taste for which I was looking so I did a bit of doctoring. The recipe below is the outcome. I used liquid smoke as I did not have a smoker at the time and have not tried them in my smoker yet.

    Baked Beans (Traditional)
    Good Old-Fashioned baked beans without soaking ahead of time

    1 lb. dried small white beans, rinsed
    4 1/2 cups water
    1/2 cup molasses
    1/2 cup brown sugar
    1 onion, chopped
    1/2 lb. raw bacon, sliced into small pieces
    2 tablespoons Dijon-style mustard
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/3 cup ketchup
    1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke

    In slow-cooker, combine all ingredients. Cover and cook on LOW, 13 to 14 hours (until beans are soft), stirring occasionally, if possible. Makes 6 to 8 servings.


  7. rivet

    rivet Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Glad to hear there are "from scratch" bean lovers out there! Definitely the way I prefer to cook mine; either boston baked beans, chili beans, Mexican frijoles de la olla...whatever type, starting with the dry ones is the way to go!

    I willl admit when cooking for a crowd at a picnic, I do open the #10 cans of Bush's beans....
  8. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    It's always refrswhing to read that somebody enjoys making beans from scratch. Luckily, it's the only way they're cooked here. Aside from Dutch's Wicked Baked Beans...
  9. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  10. raceyb

    raceyb Smoking Fanatic

    That link pulls up a prime rib smoke post...

    Thanks to Snowball for sharing the recipe... I'm not sure I could share my bean recipe ingredient for ingredient... I'd have to leave something out, lol... I'll post my pics this weekend... Smoking some ribs, so it'll be legit qview...[​IMG]
  11. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have never tried to do baked beans from scratch, but I do love to have a pot of Pinto's. I usually cook mine up with bacon, onion, garlic, jalapeno, cummin, chili powder, fresh cilantro, and salt to taste.

    Fairly basic, but very tasty. I am "allowed" to make them about 2x a year.... more if I want to sleep on the couch with the dogs [​IMG]. And everyday after it's huevo's ranchero's for breakfast!!
  12. rivet

    rivet Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Huevos Rancheros IS breakfast! Man, with a side of homemade frijoles refritos and some Oaxaca cheese grated, or crema on top....what more could you ask for? That is a serious breakfast.

    Whenever I make it Mrs Rivet just shakes her head and enjoys watching me wolf it down. She cannot abide by any heat in her food, much less so early in the morning...."tan temprano!"
  13. cowgirl

    cowgirl Smoking Guru OTBS Member

  14. raceyb

    raceyb Smoking Fanatic

    Ahhhhh man.... Cowgirl, now you got me wanting to do that on top of what already promises to be 5-6 hours of cooking. :)

    Well, the weekend approacheth, and I have decided to cook mine in a crockpot rather then my cast iron dutch simply so I don't have to babysit the beans though I suspect best flavor would be in the cast iron.

    The most expensive part of this cook is going to be the molasses and maple syrup. I also have some left over pork spare ribs that I am contemplating tossing in, bone and all to add my smoke flavor. The meat should fall off on it's own and just leave me the bones to pick out. Thoughts?
  15. alx

    alx Master of the Pit OTBS Member

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