One night, under a star lit sky, two lovers from two different worlds got together and created something beautiful! The lovers were Pulled Pork from it's meat centered universe and Baked Beans from there starchy legume world. Together the created BBQ Beans!
Ok, truth is, I am not the first person to do something like this. It's actually common practice in the BBQ World to add Pulled Pork or Brisket to baked beans. This was the first time that I had attempted to do this before. Truthfully, I wasn't entirely sure where I was going with these and ended up mainly winging it. I have to say though, I was pleasantly surprised by the results!
It started with some minced onion, celery hearts, and garlic being tossed into a pan with a bit of olive oil over low heat.
When the veggies began to sweat and the smell from them got stronger, I added 6 strips of low sodium bacon that I sliced up.
This continued to cook over low heat until the bacon was cooked through. I then took 1/2lb of unsauced pulled pork and chopped it up then threw it in with the rest.
This cooked for about 5-10 minutes, until I could tell that the pork had warmed up nicely then I added the following ingredients:
2 cups Orange Tropical Blend Juicy Juice
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup Basalmic Vinegar
2 Tbs Kosher Salt
1 tsp Black Pepper
1 tsp Chili Powder
1/2 tsp Cummin
1 piece of candied ginger, minced
This was left on medium low heat to simmer for 15 minutes until the mixture had nicely darkened.
Then out came the beans!
I went with the light and dark kidney beans, the pinto beans, and blackeye peas for this cook. After reading the can of Chili Beans I decided that they were not what I was looking for so, I left them out. The beans and the mixture I had cooked up were dumped into a crock pot and were put on High Heat.
After about an hour or so, the mixture started to simmer so the heat was dropped down to low and they proceeded to cook for another 3 hours on low heat. After that, the beans had really softened up.
The sauce actually appeared much darker than this but, due to the magic of flash it looks quite a bit lighter. To go along with this, I cooked up some polish sausage and some corn bread. Not being able to find my recipe, I just used the one on the back of the can. (I'm using that corn bread recipe from now on, it totally rocks! But, I added an extra Tbs of sugar.)
My favorite part of this meal was when you would cut through the corn bread into the beans and get a bit of both with every bite, it was such an awesome combination of flavors and textures. The zing of the Polish sausage was also a nice addition to the meal as well. This was one of those meals that you were stuffed after the first plate but, you couldn't help from wanting even more!
Thanks for looking!