Prep 15 mins
Cook 7 hrs
"Savory red beans from scratch, made easy with the slow cooker!" My friend, Dy, raved about this... I'll have to try it soon! This is what she had to say about it - Serving Ideas: Husband likes this with rice - and asked me to use sausage next time. I like it with sweet cornbread. It would probably be A LOT healthier without the bacon drippings, and a tablespoon or so of bacon pieces would probably give the same effect flavor-wise.
- 16 ounces dried red beans, rinsed and sorted for stones
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic, heaping
- 1⁄4 cup minced onion
- 5 cups hot water
- 1 teaspoon baking soda, heaping
- 1⁄2 teaspoon dry mustard, heaping
- 1⁄4 teaspoon dried parsley
- ground black pepper, to taste
- 1⁄4 cup molasses
- 2 cups diced tomatoes, including liquid
- 8 ounces lean ham, chopped
- 1⁄4 cup bacon drippings, mixed bacon & grease
- 1 teaspoon cajun seasoning, heaping
- Combine first eight ingredients in your slow cooker, adding the water last, and cook on "High" for four hours. Do not lift lid - it gets tempting around the second-third hour. Resist!
- Use pot holders to remove crockery inner liner and drain solids in colander over sink.
- Return beans to liner and liner to slow cooker, reducing heat to low.
- Drizzle molasses over beans. Add tomatoes. If you are using fresh tomatoes, you will need to add 1/4 - 1/2 cup of tomato juice or other liquid - I used the "petite diced tomatoes" in a can.
- Add ham and bacon drippings. If you do not have any reserved drippings, add 2-3 slices of cooked bacon, chopped. Sprinkle cajun seasoning over all and mix with a large wooden spoon.
- Put the lid on and let the flavors meld. The beans are done, this time is to put it all together. Ready to go after 2 hours on low, perfect after 4 hours.
This didn't work too well for me - I think four hours was just too long. They got so mushy, that I stopped after first half of the recipe. I may try it again another time.
We eat this as a staple here in LA. I've never made mine with bacon but we all add sausage to ours, about a 1/2-3/4 lb for us. I usually wilt my onion and garlic then throw in 1/4 c. sherry when the seasonings start to stick to the pot, give it a stir or two, add to the beans, and cook to the consistancy you like. I like ham in my beans, more so than sausage. Never put tomatoes in it before but it sounds interesting, will have to try it this way! Thanks for a crock pot recipe. Will come back and rate it if I cook them!