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Old 06-06-2007, 12:06 PM   #1
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Anyone tried this "scratch" Baked Bean recipe?

I have a hankering for some baked beans made from scratch. The ones I've tried previously were AWEFUL! I found a link to this recipe by Alton Brown. Anyone ever tried it? The reviews were excellent and it looks pretty good.

Couple of questions........
How long would this take in a crock pot?
How about trying this on a WSM in a dutch oven? How long do you experienced WSM'ers think it would take?
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The Once and Future Beans Recipe courtesy Alton Brown


1 pound dried Great Northern beans
1 pound bacon, chopped
1 onion, chopped
2 jalapenos, chopped
1/4 cup tomato paste
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 cup molasses
Vegetable broth
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoons kosher salt

Heat oven to 250 degrees F.
Soak beans in a plastic container overnight in just enough cold water to submerge them completely.

Place a cast iron Dutch oven over medium heat and stir in the bacon, onion, and jalapenos until enough fat has rendered from the bacon to soften the onions, about 5 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste, dark brown sugar, and molasses.

Drain the beans and reserve the soaking liquid. Add the drained beans to the Dutch oven. Place the soaking liquid in a measuring cup and add enough vegetable broth to equal 4 cups of liquid. Add the liquid to the Dutch oven and bring to a boil over high heat. Add in cayenne, black pepper and salt. Give them a stir and cover with the lid. Place the Dutch oven in the oven for 6 to 8 hours, or until the beans are tender.
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Old 06-06-2007, 02:24 PM   #2
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Panther, I make white beans and ham from scratch.
I use the quick soak method instead of overnight.
Draining the water removes some of the gassy qualities.
I really like keeping it simple...bacon, bacon grease
onions and chopped green pepper, brown sugar and
whatever bbq sauce you like.
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Old 06-06-2007, 04:54 PM   #4
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I love Alton Brown. Have two of his cookbooks.

I do a double boil instead of soaking sometimes. Just make sure to use cold fresh water each time.
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Old 06-06-2007, 07:36 PM   #5
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Wow..that looks like a very good recipe..thanks for sharing. I have tried making scratch baked beans a few times over the years. Mine came out tasting about like Bush's in the can when it come out just right. Had one batch which never would tender up. Was sorta like eating china berries if you get my drift. Had a good flavor though. I will give it one more shot using this recipe. If it dont blow off my bloomers will be headed straight back to Bush's Best in the can

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Old 06-06-2007, 07:36 PM   #6
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I'm going to try it in an oven first. If I like the recipe, I might give it a whirl on the botton rack of the WSM when I'm fixing ribs or something.

I think I'll cut back on the cayenne a little bit too.

I enjoy watching most of the Food Network except for the shows that destroy great looking cuts of ribs and pork roasts in a kitchen or crock pots. During the summer months there's generally several BBQ specials on the network.
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Old 06-07-2007, 05:39 AM   #7
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I make this as a regular recipe. My notes on his original recipe were "too greasy" and beans hard (from the acid and sugar). Here's my way.

* Exported from MasterCook *

The Once and Future Beans

Recipe By :Alton Brown
Serving Size : 12 Preparation Time :0:30
Categories : Beans Crockpot
Main Dish

Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
-------- ------------ --------------------------------
1 pound dried pinto beans
1 pound bacon -- chopped
1 medium onion -- finely chopped
2 large jalapenos -- seeded and chopped
3 ounces tomato paste
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 cup molasses
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 14 ounce cans Swanson® vegetable broth
water

Cook beans according to package directions.

Cook bacon in a frying pan until well done. Drain bacon in colander while preparing other ingredients.

Place bacon, onion, jalapenos, tomato paste, brown sugar, molasses, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper in a 3 1/2 quart crockpot.

Drain and rinse beans and place in crockpot with other ingredients.

Add broth and enough water to crockpot making sure the beans are slightly covered and stir to mix well.

Cook on low heat setting for 6-8 hours. Add water as necessary during cooking to keep beans covered. Stir once half way through cooking cycle.

Description:
"A Spicy Baked Bean Recipe adapted for the crock pot."
Source:
"Food TV show "Good Eats""
S(Changes and Adaptation By):
"Andrew Leach"
Start to Finish Time:
"8:30"
T(Cokking time):
"8:00"

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Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 393 Calories; 19g Fat (43.6% calories from fat); 20g Protein; 36g Carbohydrate; 10g Dietary Fiber; 32mg Cholesterol; 846mg Sodium. Exchanges: 1 1/2 Grain(Starch); 2 Lean Meat; 1/2 Vegetable; 2 1/2 Fat; 1/2 Other Carbohydrates.


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Old 06-08-2007, 06:30 AM   #8
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Originally Posted by D.B.Cooper
I make this as a regular recipe. My notes on his original recipe were "too greasy" and beans hard (from the acid and sugar). Here's my way.

* Exported from MasterCook *

The Once and Future Beans

Recipe By :Alton Brown
Serving Size : 12 Preparation Time :0:30
Categories : Beans Crockpot
Main Dish

Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
-------- ------------ --------------------------------
1 pound dried pinto beans
1 pound bacon -- chopped
1 medium onion -- finely chopped
2 large jalapenos -- seeded and chopped
3 ounces tomato paste
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 cup molasses
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 14 ounce cans Swanson® vegetable broth
water

Cook beans according to package directions.

Cook bacon in a frying pan until well done. Drain bacon in colander while preparing other ingredients.

Place bacon, onion, jalapenos, tomato paste, brown sugar, molasses, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper in a 3 1/2 quart crockpot.

Drain and rinse beans and place in crockpot with other ingredients.

Add broth and enough water to crockpot making sure the beans are slightly covered and stir to mix well.

Cook on low heat setting for 6-8 hours. Add water as necessary during cooking to keep beans covered. Stir once half way through cooking cycle.

Description:
"A Spicy Baked Bean Recipe adapted for the crock pot."
Source:
"Food TV show "Good Eats""
S(Changes and Adaptation By):
"Andrew Leach"
Start to Finish Time:
"8:30"
T(Cokking time):
"8:00"

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 393 Calories; 19g Fat (43.6% calories from fat); 20g Protein; 36g Carbohydrate; 10g Dietary Fiber; 32mg Cholesterol; 846mg Sodium. Exchanges: 1 1/2 Grain(Starch); 2 Lean Meat; 1/2 Vegetable; 2 1/2 Fat; 1/2 Other Carbohydrates.


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D.B.,
Pinto rather than white beans??
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Old 06-08-2007, 10:46 AM   #9
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Thanks for all of the suggestions and recipes folks! You're great! They all sound delicious. I'll have to try them one at a time.

We're using some of our frozen BBQ pork tonight. I'm going to try a scaled-down, family size version of Bill The Grill Guy's Baked Beans since I don't have time to prepare a "scratch" recipe tonight.
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Old 06-08-2007, 10:49 AM   #10
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Bill's beans rock...also, try BigWheels championship prize winnin recipe.
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