Prep 30 mins
Cook 8 hrs
"The Once and Future Beans" recipe courtesy of alton brown. I got this recipe from the food network television show "Good Eats" its worth the time
- 1 lb dried great northern beans
- 1 lb bacon, chopped
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 jalapenos, chopped
- 1⁄4 cup tomato paste
- 1⁄4 cup dark brown sugar
- 1⁄4 cup molasses
- vegetable broth
- 1⁄4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- Heat oven to 250 degrees F Place a cast iron Dutch oven over medium heat& stir in the bacon, onion, and jalepenos until enough fat has rendered from the bacon to soften the onions, about 5 minutes.
- Stir in the tomato paste, dark brown sugar,& molasses.
- Drain the beans& reserve the soaking liquid.
- Add the drained beans to the Dutch oven.
- Place the soaking liquid in a measuring cup & add enough vegetable broth to equal 4 cups of liquid.
- Add the liquid to the Dutch oven& bring to a boil over high heat.
- Add in cayenne, black pepper& salt.
- Give them a stir and cover with the lid.
- Place the Dutch oven in the oven for 6 to 8 hours, or until the beans are tender.
So good. I omit the bacon.
Excellent and easy (we cook in a crockpot. I think next time we may substitute ham hocks or a turkey drumstick for a smokey flavor, but very good as-is. We'll never buy canned baked beans again.
khah, these are great baked beans. I didn't have tomato paste so I used ketchup instead, plus I ran out of molasses so I used maple syrup for the remainder. I love the very tiny hint of a bite from the cayenne pepper, especially since I had to omit the jalapenos for the benefit of my son. I also really enjoy the smoky taste of the bacon (I used 1/2 lb canadian bacon for a leaner option.)The only thing I'd do differently next time is add only 1 tsp salt as mine came out pretty salty as is. Baked for 8 hours in the oven, with the lid off for the last 2 hours to caramelize and cook the sauce down. Very tasty beans that'll go well with our ribs and potato salad tomorrow. Thanks!