Bourbon Baked Beans

alberta smith


More than baked beans.

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20 Min


45 Min




6 slice
of thick cut bacon
2 medium
onions, coarsely chopped
bell pepper, coarsley chopped
jalapeño, or more or less to your taste, coarsley chopped
1 can(s)
(15 ounces) red kidney beans, drained and rinsed, or 1/4 pound dried red kidney beans
1 can(s)
(15 ounces) white kidney beans, drained and rinsed, or 1/4 pound dried white kidney beans
1 can(s)
(15 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed, or 1/4 pound dried black beans
1/2 c
3/4 c
kansas city style bbq sauce
4 Tbsp
molasses, any grade
1/4 c
kentucky bourbon or tennessee whiskey
2 tsp
dry mustard
1/4 tsp
1/4 tsp
black pepper
bay leaf (try not to leave this out)
about the beans. you can use all one type of bean. the beans in the photo were made with white kidneys only.if you plan to use dried beans, follow the instructions there for soaking them. dried beans may take longer to cook than canned depending on t

Directions Step-By-Step

Make sure you are using a 2 quart or larger pot or Dutch oven. Cook the bacon over a medium heat. When it begins to brown, flip it, brown the other side, but remove it before it renders all its fat and gets hard. We want bacon that we can cut, not crumble. You will probably need to do the bacon in two batches. And what the heck, go ahead and cook an extra slice or two for the cook to eat when nobody is watching. Drain the bacon by putting it on 2 layers of paper towels on top of a section of the local newspaper.
Pour off the bacon fat into a coffee cup leaving behind about 2 tablespoons and most of the brown bits dissolved in the fat. When the fat in the cup begins to cool, but before it hardens, move it to a plastic tub and store it in the fridge. You can use this later for cooking onions or veggies. Nothing perks up broccoli like bacon fat!
Add the onions and peppers and cook them until they wilt. If the bacon bits stuck to the bottom start to get too dark, add an ounce of water and they will dissolve promptly with the help of a wooden spoon.
Add everything else. There are three good ways to cook these beans:

On your grill/smoker. If you have a smoker, put them below the meat for about 2 to 3 hours at 225°F. They will collect flavorful, smoky drippings from the meat laden with seasoning from the rub. Just be sure they don't burn.
In your oven. Put the pot in your oven uncovered for 2 hours at 250°F. Stir every 30 minutes to make sure they don't burn.
On the stovetop. Bring to a gentle boil over medium heat and then turn it back to simmer for 30 minutes without a lid. Stir and scrape the bottom with a wooden spoon every 10 minutes to prevent burning and sticking. Try to keep the bay leaf submerged.
In a slow cooker. Set it to medium, which should be about 250°F and check them in about 2 hours.
In the oven cook at 325 for 2 hours.
Remove the bay leaf. Taste and adjust the flavors as you see fit. If you like it spicier, add hot sauce. Add more molasses if you like it sweeter, or salt if you think it needs it. Cook it longer if you want it thicker, or add water if you want it thinner.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Vegetables
Main Ingredient: Beans/Legumes
Regional Style: Southern