Happy Mid-Summer News24/680.com followers!
Hard to believe we are at mid-July! It has been a long time since March 18. With my new ventures, the hours turn to days; days turn to weeks and the months are just… long.
I have been developing and testing a lot of new recipe ideas with our continued home-confinement. Particularly venturing into the best of American summer regional cooking. Admitting that much of what I am presenting are not original recipes, but rather inspired by others and altered and refined to reflect my personal style and taste.
I served these baked beans with my Mom’s BBQ chicken and potato salad which have both been posted previously. I suggest you make these all together for a true All-American summer meal!
Summer BBQ Baked Beans
1 pound bacon, cut into a 1/2-inch dice
1 onion, cut into a 1/2-inch dice4 garlic cloves, minced
1 green bell pepper, cut into a 1/2-inch dice
2 – 28-ounce cans Bush’s Vegetarian Baked Beans
2/3 cup brown sugar
4 tablespoons ketchup
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons Coleman’s dry mustard
Kosher salt, to taste.
2 scallions, thinly sliced for garnish
• Heat a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the diced bacon and sauté until soft and lightly browned, 5 minutes. Remove 1/3 and reserve for garnish.
• To the bacon, add the onion, garlic and green pepper, and sauté stirring frequently, until vegetables are soft, 3 minutes.
• Add the beans and stir to combine. Add the brown sugar, ketchup, vinegar and dry mustard.
• Add kosher salt, to taste, and simmer for 8 – 10 minutes.
• Adjust balance to taste: sweet (brown sugar), tangy (vinegar), spicy (mustard) and salty (kosher salt).
• Transfer to a service bowl and garnish with reserved bacon and scallions.
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Perhaps with dinner tonight. Chicken dinner off the barbecue.
Beans, beans, the musical fruit! And don’t forget the potato salad!
He had me at “one pound of bacon.”
Dear Sir, for an upcoming article, please consider writing about the new fad – pork belly. How to cook a manageable size would be great. (Costco package?)
The first time I had pork belly tacos they seemed interesting; the second time it appeared they were tough. My brief reading suggests if done right, the fat melts and the meat softens up. Can ot be grilled?
Great question, Mark. I’ll be happy to address your questions shortly!
Wife saw this and she saw my reaction to it so she made it for us last night and it was delicious. Really tasty!