I watched Jamie Oliver’s “American Road Trip” a couple of weeks ago. One recipe that stood out was when he cooked baked beans cowboy-style whilst camping in the great outdoors. Looked great with strips of steak seared on a cast iron pan over a campfire.
So we decided to made our own version at home … very simple and definitely several notches above your standard tin of baked beans.
Smokey Bourbon Baked Beans
- Sharp knife
- Chopping board
- Casserole dish
- Stirring spoon
The recipe below uses a Romano pepper, we just happened to have one left over. You can use different types of pepper or left-over vegetables, it’s all good.
- 1 large onion
- 25g butter
- 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
- 2 tsp chipotle paste
- 1 tsp BBQ sauce
- 250g tinned pinto beans*
- 350g tinned cannellini beans*
- 2 x 400g tins chopped tomatoes
- 2 bay leaves
- 50ml white wine vinegar
- 4 rashers smokey bacon
- Up to 50 ml smokey bourbon
- 300 ml cold water
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp black and red pepper
- 1 Romano pepper
* – dry weight. Tins will contain water so have a higher weight, look for the dry weight number.
- Drain the pinto and cannellini beans and wash them gently under tap.
- Finely dice the white onion and Romano pepper.
- On a hob, melt butter into the casserole dish and fry diced onion and pepper until soft.
- Add paprika, pinto and cannellini beans to the casserole dish and stir.Add bay leaves, water and tomatoes to the casserole dish and stir.
- Bring to the boil and then simmer uncovered for 30 mins, stirring occasionally.
- Cut the bacon into thin strips.
- Add BBQ sauce, chipotle paste and bacon strips to the casserole dish and stir.
- Simmer uncovered for 90 minutes to reduce.
- Add salt, pepper, white wine vinegar and a slug of bourbon, stir and taste. Add more bourbon if necessary.
- Simmer for up to 10 minutes whilst preparing the main meal.
Hints, Tips and Pictures
- Stir the contents of the casserole carefully and slowly so as not to break the beans.
- This can be done with just pinto or cannellini beans. We liked the combination though.
- Jack Daniels is a good choice for the bourbon.
- For a vegetarian version, leave out the bacon.
- Add in 1 tbsp of Dizzy Pig Red Eye Express rub to give the beans an extra dimension of flavour.