Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr 15 mins
Stolen From 'Emeril at the Grill'
- 4 slices bacon, diced
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons minced garlic
- 2 sprigs fresh thyme
- 1 lb dried navy beans, rinsed and picked over
- 1 cup coffee, brewed
- 1⁄2 cup emeril's kicked up bam b q barbecue sauce or 1⁄2 cup your favorite barbecue sauce
- 1⁄4 cup packed dark brown sugar, plus 1 tablespoon
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons creole mustard or 1 1⁄2 tablespoons other whole-grain brown mustard
- 1 tablespoon molasses
- 1 teaspoon red hot sauce
- 1⁄4 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
- 8 cups water
- 2 teaspoons salt
- Preheat the oven to 300°F
- In a heavy cast-iron Dutch oven, cook the bacon over medium-high heat until the fat has rendered and the bacon is crisp, 4 to 6 minutes. Add the onion and cook, stirring, until it is softened and lightly caramelized, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the garlic and thyme, and cook for 1 minute longer. Then add the beans, coffee, barbecue sauce, brown sugar, mustard, molasses, hot sauce, and pepper, and stir to combine well. Add the water and salt, raise the heat, and bring to a boil. Cover the pot, transfer it to the oven, and bake for 2 hours, undisturbed.
- Remove the pot from the oven, and stir the beans. Re-cover the pot and continue to bake until the beans are tender, about 1 hour longer.
- When the beans are tender, remove the cover from the pot and continue baking until the liquid has reduced to a thick, saucelike consistency and the beans are thick and flavorful, 1 to 1 1/4 hours. Remove the pot from the oven, and remove the thyme sprigs. Adjust the seasoning if necessary, and serve the beans either hot or warm.
Yummy baked beans, love the slightly spicy, sweet taste. So much better than any of the canned ones I've tried and not much more trouble. I made one change for my own conveniance -reduced the water to 6 cups an just dumped everything in the crock pot after frying the bacon; and cooked on high for about 4 hours; then in the last hour removed the lid to allow it all to cook down and thicken up. Turned out great. Made for Spring PAC 2012