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. In this recipe, all can sizes are 400g.
- 2 large onion
- 25g butter
- 1 tbsp smoked paprika
- 3 tbsp chipotle paste
- 3 tbsp BBQ sauce
- 2 tins pinto beans
- 2 tins cannellini beans
- 3 tins chopped tomatoes
- 4 bay leaves
- 50ml white wine vinegar
- 50 ml smokey bourbon
- 300 ml cold water
- 2 Romano pepper
- 1 yellow pepper
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp black and red pepper
- Drain the pinto and cannellini beans and wash them gently under tap. Finely dice the white onion, Romano and yellow peppers.
- On a hob over medium heat, melt butter into the casserole dish and fry diced onion and pepper until soft. Add paprika and stir in, then pinto and cannellini beans and stir for 2 mins. Stir the contents of the casserole carefully and slowly so as not to break the beans.
- 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.
- Add salt, pepper, BBQ sauce, bourbon and white wine vinegar to the casserole dish and stir.
- Add chipotle paste and a slug of bourbon, stir and taste the beans. Add some more bourbon and chipotle if necessary to get the flavour you want.
- Simmer uncovered for 90 minutes to reduce.
- Simmer for up to 10 minutes whilst preparing the main meal.
Hints and Tips
- This can be done with either pinto or cannellini beans by themselves. We liked the combination though.
- Jack Daniels is a good choice for the bourbon.
- Some shredded crispy bacon can be added to bring some extra flavour to the dish. Of course this means it won’t be vegetarian.
- Add in 2 tbsp of Dizzy Pig Red Eye Express rub to give the beans an extra dimension of flavour.
- This can be stored in a fridge for up to a week after cooking for further meals.
- The sauce can be blended and used for a pizza base sauce in meat pizzas, e.g. steak and mushroom pizza.