Prep 12 hrs
Cook 2 hrs
Before you wonder off to your next stop online...hear me out on this one. I know it sounds strange. Taking our kids out for dinner is an adventure. We don't go out often, but when we do it's usually with family, so we at least have a 1 on 1 ratio at the table. We divide and conquer, which makes the whole dining experience a little easier...but they are still wiggly. "Get down from there." "Don't stare at their food. And stop complaining about the wait. We know you are hungry!" "Please stop 'falling' out of your chair." "Sit up, this is not our house and you can't lay on the seat." Those of you with littles...you've said these things before. I can't be alone in this. Our kids know how to sit still. But they are kids and their sitting still usually last no more than 5 minutes. They would just prefer to be in motion! One of the ways that we combat the wiggles at restaurants is by visiting restaurants with play areas. So far we have discovered several near us. We find ourselves frequenting these places, especially Two Bros. BBQ Market because it's super close to where we live. It's reasonably priced and we can feed our crew for less than most other restaurants! The first time I had their beans was at night and I was totally puzzled by them, as we were eating outside, it was dim and I couldn't tell by looking at them what was added. I could tell there was something mixed in, but couldn't place the flavor the first few bites. It was something sweet, but not to sweet. It was perfectly balanced with the spice from the sauce and the smokiness from the bacon. By the time I'd finished my portion of beans, I'd figured out that there were diced peaches mixed in with the beans and the bacon. Seriously, great (and clever) addition to the beans. The peaches are a tasty addition and a great balancer of the spice and smoke flavors! Here's a remake of their Pinto Beans with Peaches and Bacon y'all! (These would be great for a family BBQ, or to make at the start of the weekend and eat throughout the weekend with food from the grill!)
- 1 lb pinto beans, rinsed and soaked
- 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
- 1 cup barbecue sauce
- 6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
- 1 (23 1/2 ounce) jar peaches, drained and diced (reserve the juices)
- 1⁄2 cup brown sugar
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons pepper
- salt, to taste
- Add the soaked beans with at least 1-inch of water to a large saucepan or stock pot. Bring to a boil.
- Stir in the tomato sauce, BBQ sauce, crumbled bacon, diced peaches plus 1 cup of the peach juice. Stir in the brown sugar and pepper. Return to a boil, then reduce heat to medium, cover tightly with lid and cook for about 1 1/2 hours, or until beans are tender. Add salt to taste.
- Serve Pinto Beans with Peaches and Bacon as a side dish with your favorite meat from the grill. They are perfect for a backyard BBQ!