Sort your beans. Sometimes, tiny little stones make their way into your bag of dried beans. What we want to do is carefully pour a handful at a time and look through them. I just do this as I am putting them in my pot.
Here comes more seasoning…now to understand how I season my beans you’d pretty much have to meet my grandmother. She is as good hearted as the day is long, but a wee bit on the absentminded side (not that I’m any different!). So I called Grandmama about ten years or so ago when I was making dried beans for the first time.
A few minutes later I got another phone call…
A few minutes later I got ANOTHER phone call…
A few minutes later…
So basically, every time I go to make beans I just basically go about and add everything I can think of to add and then I know they’ll be like Grandmamas – except the kitchen sink, but I wouldn’t be surprised if she started adding that in eventually.
I add one tablespoon of sugar, because my great grandmother always did like to add a “lil bit of sugar in thangs”.
Now toss in your ham hock or bone or whatever you are going to use for the meat seasoning. You can do without that if you are a vegetarian…just pretend you put the ham in :). When my sister was a vegetarian, some time between her super model phase and learning to shoot a machine gun in the Army, my mother used to make pintos with ham as usual and then just hide the ham when Patti came to eat :).
Now just stir that up and bring to a boil. Once it is brought to a boil, turn it down to a simmer and simmer for several hours. I get mine on in the morning right after my son goes to school and then let it simmer all day, eating it at supper. By supper time that juice in the pot is every bit as good as the beans!!!
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and this is the finished product. They are soooooooooo good! Baked beans layered with slaw (its a BBQ slaw, not a mayonaise slaw), topped with pulled pork and served with a pickle sticking out! My brother has a BBQ restaurant and this is one of his specialties. He has won the Jack Daniel’s Cookoff Grand Champion for his ribs and his smoked chicken!
He also has an AMAZING BBQ sauce (because I developed it from scratch, of course!).
Have a great evening!!!Yum