Cowboy Beans - Texas Style

Total Time
3hrs 10mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 3 hrs

SOURCE : Derrick Riches, Your Guide to Barbecues & Grilling, In Texas, beans mean pinto beans. These beans are cooked up with brisket burnt ends and barbecue sauce to make them the perfect side dish for barbecue brisket. If you don't have burnt ends try a grilled steak cooked well. You will want smoky flavor for these barbecue beans.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Wash beans and pour into large saucepan or dutch oven.
  2. Add all other ingredients except the salt.
  3. Bring to a boil while stirring.
  4. Reduce heat and allow to simmer for two hours, covered.
  5. Stir occasionally, bringing up the beans from the bottom.
  6. Add salt after 1 hour.
  7. Beans are done when soft but still hold their shape.
  8. Note: If doubling this recipe, do not increase the amount of chili powder.


Most Helpful

Made as directed using leftover smoked pork butt instead of brisket. Wow! The smokiness of the pork added so much to the dish. Used sweet baby ray's as the BBQ sauce. Excellent dish. Will be using it with smoke meat often. Thanks for sharing!

16Paws October 20, 2009

I doubled the recipe to serve company and about half the people enjoyed the beans. I really didn't care for them. I didn't like the strong flavor of the chili powder. I added two cans of diced tomatoes to tone it down, but it was still strong. Usually I wouldn't make a 3 star recipe again but I will make this one again. I just won't add any chili powder, without it they would be awesome! Thanks for the recipe.

Lacy S. June 03, 2007

These were "okay". I think if I had used a smoked ham hocks and better BBQ sauce (I used sweet baby ray and it was too sweet) I might have liked it more. Just a note about beans, the older the beans, the longer it takes to cook them. So if you have a package that's been sitting in your pantry for a few months, it's going to take longer to cook than a package just bought at the grocery store.

Mezaluna August 10, 2013

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