Prep 30 mins
Cook 2 hrs 26 mins
From "Good Eats," episode "American Classics III". Use Pickled Pork - Alton Brown to make this. If you don't have time to make your own pickled pork, you can use unsmoked slab bacon, cut into chunks.
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 onion
- 2 green bell peppers
- 3 celery ribs
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 5 garlic cloves, minced
- 3⁄4 lb pickled pork or 3⁄4 lb unsmoked thick slab bacon
- 3 bay leaves
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon hot sauce
- 1 lb dried red kidney beans, picked and sorted
- 2 quarts water
- 3 cups boiling water
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 cups basmati rice
- 1⁄2-1 teaspoon kosher salt
- Place a 7 quart cast iron Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add oil and heat until shimmering. Add onion, bell pepper and celery. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, until onion and celery are soft and translucent, 6-8 minutes. Add garlic, pickled pork, bay leaves, dried thyme, cayenne pepper, hot sauce and beans. Add water. Turn up to high and heat until boiling, stirring occasionally, 6-8 minutes.
- Reduce heat to maintain a strong simmer. Cover tightly and cook 90 minutes, stirring every 30 minutes. Remove the lid and cook, uncovered, 30-40 minutes longer, maintaining a strong simmer. If you want your sauce a bit thicker and more gravy-like, use a potato masher to crush some of the beans. Remove bay leaves.
- Bring 3 cups water to a full rolling boil. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, melt butter over high heat. When foaming subsides and butter begins to brown, add rice and salt. Saute until rice turns opaque and slightly tan. Add boiling water all at once - be very careful! Cover tightly, reduce to simmer and cook 17-20 minutes, until fully cooked. If you prefer your rice dry and fluffy, let stand off heat, uncovered, 5 minutes before serving. Serve beans over rice.
I loved this recipe! I omitted the celery and cayenne for my family's preference. (Kids do not like the heat - but we used Frank's Red Hot at the table) Also used kielbasa sausage as I had that on hand! Loved the flavor!
Listen to the cool song Reb Beans & Rice by Spearhead, dedicated to this yummy dish!