Monday, August 16, 2010

Sterno's Hot BBQ Beans



Most complimented BBQ side dish of mine must be the Hot BBQ beans. It usually takes everyone by surprise how delicious they actually are. Sweet, hot and rich in flavor.

Few years ago I found on a BBQ forum a post of Keri's Hog-Apple Baked Beans. I was inspired by it, followed it loosely, Europeanized it by making it less sweet, added loads of chili and voilĂ , there we have Sterno's Hot BBQ Beans!

List of ingredients:

  • 3 cans of baked beans
  • 1 small jar of apple mash (for baking apple pies)
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 large paprika (bell pepper, red or green)
  • 1-2 fresh habanero chilies (or mild ones, if you prefer)
  • 1 packet of bacon
  • 4-5 tbsp of your favourite BBQ sauce
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp mustard
  • dash of cayenne pepper
  • dash of freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp of your favourite BBQ rub

Chop the onion and the paprika, slice the bacon in to small chunks or slices. Start by browning the bacon, onion and paprika on a pan over medium-high heat. Season with black pepper and cayenne pepper. Chop up the habanero chili(es) as fine as you can and add them to the pan.




Once the bacon is crisp and onions are golden, turn the heat off the stove. Add the baked beans and the rest of the ingredients. Mix it up well and pour the mixture in to a large enough container which can survive a couple of hours in the smoker. I often use metal food containers from Ikea, which are just about perfect for the job. If I make a larger batch, I use a large oven proof glass bowl.




Smoke the beans for 2-3 hours. Every hour or so mix them up gently to make sure the smoke penetrates all of the beans. I usually smoke them with apple or cherry wood smoke. The beans are ready when most of the liquid has evaporated and they look and feel nice and mushy.

Sometimes I've decorated them with pineapple rings. They look nice, taste fantastic, but makes the mixing up a bit tricky.




Enjoy! My version is incredibly hot and has the beautiful aroma of fresh habanero chilies. It's not for the faint hearted, so you might need to adjust the amount of chili to your liking.

Sterno

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