Thursday, 22 March 2012

027 - Whiskey BBQ Beans

Beans, beans are good for your heart... The more you eat, the more you...

Quite a few ingredients needed for this recipe, and a little bit of prep required. But a great side-dish to throw onto the BBQ if you're already planning to smoke your meal. Number 27 on the list of 100 things to BBQ... Whiskey BBQ beans! :-)

Another recipe from Weber's Foolproof book, this recipe actually starts with Heinz baked beans which are first rinsed from their tomato sauce, before being added back to a rich dark sauce of your own creation. If you wanted to, you could experiment with different types of beans, and I might try that in the future (I'm thinking a mix of cannelini and borlotti...).

 

Onions and streaky bacon are fried off until crispy before all the other ingredients are added along with a good glug of whiskey (or 2...). This is then simmered for a few minutes before the rinsed beans are added to the mixture. The recipe calls for the use of a Dutch Oven but as I don't have one of these I found that I got good results by just using a disposable foil tray. Using the foil tray also saved me some space on the grill.

 

I was smoking a sausage-stuffed pork tenderloin, and some peppadew ABTs that day and the tray of beans slotted nicely beside them, ready for a good hour to hour and half of smokin! :-)

If you're wondering what the tray directly above the charcoal is for - it's full of water and creates steam inside the BBQ, helping to control the temperature and keep the meat moist. After about 1 1/2 hours of cooking, they were ready.

 

These were very very tasty, and I'll definitely be cooking them again! You can certainly taste the whiskey, and the smoke adds a nice deep flavour to the rich and sticky sauce. You'll think you're in the mid-west, tucking in to some cowboy beans fresh from the campfire!

 

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