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out of a can they always suck

 

even lousy home made are better than store bought- most are mediocre

 

i made a batch over the weekend- not my best, but pretty good

 

anybody who has written them off should give them a try

 

kind of like grits i think

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View PostI don't know if I have ever had boston baked beans. I know that I have never made them. What makes them different from other styles?

 

You have to be in boston when you make them or it doesn't count.

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View PostYou have to be in boston when you make them or it doesn't count.

 

 

shades of the great molasses flood of 1916!

 

(or thereabouts)- 12 million gallons of molasses (a lot of it anyway, maybe 2 million) escaped from a burst storage tank and oozed down a city street- killed a few people, and the leftover aroma lasted decades

 

recipe to follow

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I used the following recipe (with modifications, I added a healthy amount of ketchup) for pork ribs that I cooked in the oven. I basted with the marinade while cooking. Then I used all of the drippings and added them to canned baked beans = The Best That I Have Ever Had!

 

CAROLINA STYLE BBQ PORK IN THE CROCK POT

 

TLDig

 

2 Onions, quartered

2 Tablespoons brown sugar

1 Tablespoon paprika

2 Teaspoons salt

1/2 Teaspoon black pepper

4 - 6 Pounds boneless pork butt or shoulder (I used a boneless half loin)

3/4 Cup cider vinegar

4 Teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

1 1/2 Teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

1 1/2 Teaspoon sugar

1/2 Teaspoon dry mustard

1/4 Teaspoon garlic salt (I used a bunch of garlic powder)

1/4 Teaspoon cayenne

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Little turned me on to these and they are some kind of good.

 

Keri's Hog-Apple Baked Beans

 

3 or 4 slices bacon, diced

2 (27 oz) cans Bush's Baked Beans

1/2 c. Blues Hog BBQ Sauce (or other sweet-spicy favorite)

1 lb. smoked leftover smoked pork or beef, more or less, or 1 lb crumbled cooked pork sausage (a maple fattie is good)

1 can apple pie filling, pieces somewhat chopped up

1 medium onion, chopped

1/2 green pepper, chopped

1/2 c. brown sugar

2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

2 Tbsp. Mustard (prepared)

1 tsp chipotle or cayenne powder (optional, to taste*)

1 tsp Blues Hog barbecue rub (or your favorite de jour)

 

Brown bacon, and saute onion and green pepper in bacon grease. Mix in remaining ingredients. Bake at 325º for 1 hour, or simmer on stovetop in large pot for 30 minutes if you don't have time to do them in the oven. Serves 12.

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not many ingredients compared to the BBQ recipes already posted

this is what boston baked beans are supposed to taste like:

 

small white beans are best IMO- you can use navy beans or pea beans

 

2 cups- 1#- pick through for stones and dirt clods- rinse

 

put in stainless steel saucepan and cover with water-+ 2 inches

soak overnight

change water, add 1/2 tsp baking soda and bring to boil- simmer ten minutes or so

pick a few of them up with a spoon- they are ready if the skins split when you blow on them

 

drain- save the water

 

have ready:

 

1/2 pound salt pork, or better yet double smoked slab bacon- 1/4" dice

one medium onion- chopped

 

to one cup of the bean water add:

3 tablespoons molasses

1/4 cup brown sugar

sub in some maple syrup if you want-reduce other sugars accordingly

at least 1 teaspoon dry mustard

1 tsp salt

at least one teaspoon black pepper

 

if you don't have a beanpot, use a tall ovenproof vessel with a cover

 

start with the beans-put one third in the bottom, followed by 1/3 of the onion, then 1/3 of the salt pork/bacon

end with bacon on top

pour bean water/ingredients on top- add bean water if needed to cover

 

cook covered in 300 degree oven for 4 hours

don't stir more than once of twice

add bean water as needed so they don't dry out, but don't drown them

 

after 4 hours, turn the oven off and leave them alone until oven cools

 

serve for dinner on saturday with hot dogs

 

on sunday morning, serve them fried with fried apples and ham and eggs

 

eat them cold in a sandwich during the week

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My families recipe differs from the above somewhat. Yellow eye beans are preferred, but hard to find. The onion and salt pork are left whole and there is less brown sugar.

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View Postnot many ingredients compared to the BBQ recipes already posted

this is what boston baked beans are supposed to taste like:

 

small white beans are best IMO- you can use navy beans or pea beans

 

2 cups- 1#- pick through for stones and dirt clods- rinse

 

put in stainless steel saucepan and cover with water-+ 2 inches

soak overnight

change water, add 1/2 tsp baking soda and bring to boil- simmer ten minutes or so

pick a few of them up with a spoon- they are ready if the skins split when you blow on them

 

drain- save the water

 

have ready:

 

1/2 pound salt pork, or better yet double smoked slab bacon- 1/4" dice

one medium onion- chopped

 

to one cup of the bean water add:

3 tablespoons molasses

1/4 cup brown sugar

sub in some maple syrup if you want-reduce other sugars accordingly

at least 1 teaspoon dry mustard

1 tsp salt

at least one teaspoon black pepper

 

if you don't have a beanpot, use a tall ovenproof vessel with a cover

 

start with the beans-put one third in the bottom, followed by 1/3 of the onion, then 1/3 of the salt pork/bacon

end with bacon on top

pour bean water/ingredients on top- add bean water if needed to cover

 

cook covered in 300 degree oven for 4 hours

don't stir more than once of twice

add bean water as needed so they don't dry out, but don't drown them

 

after 4 hours, turn the oven off and leave them alone until oven cools

 

serve for dinner on saturday with hot dogs

 

on sunday morning, serve them fried with fried apples and ham and eggs

 

eat them cold in a sandwich during the week

 

 

 

More or less exactly what my wife cooks in my Grandmothers bean, what my side of the family has done for a few generations except I don't think any of them ever use the baking soda. If I'm making the beans for BBQ it's canned beans, sauce, hunk of BBQ pork and on the smoker for a couple hours in an uncovered dutch oven.

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Are they really that much better then doctored up canned beans? I usually just use a can of beans, sauted onion, sauted garlic, bacon, basa and bbq sauce. Bake that until the sauce reduces a bit and it's great.

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View PostAre they really that much better then doctored up canned beans? I usually just use a can of beans, sauted onion, sauted garlic, bacon, basa and bbq sauce. Bake that until the sauce reduces a bit and it's great.

 

Yes!!

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