Summer Entertaining: Bourbon & Coke Baked Beans

Bourbon Molasses Baked Beans Barbecue Rebecca Gordon Buttermilk Lipstick July 4th Tailgating RecipesSummer Entertaining

A pulled pork sandwich just isn’t the same without a simple oven accompaniment.
A mess of beans & peas loaded with sausage lend good bite for an interesting texture.
Get saucy & dig in to this cookout staple.

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makes 10 servings

1 1/3 cup sliced spicy smoked sausage
1 cup diced sweet onion
1/2 cup diced green bell pepper
2 cloves garlic, pressed
1/3 cup bourbon
2 {16-oz} cans dark red kidney beans, rinsed & drained
1 {15-oz} can cannellini beans, rinsed & drained
1 {15-oz} can black eyed peas, rinsed & drained
1 {18-oz} bottle barbecue sauce
1 {7.5-oz} can co-cola
1 Tbsp molasses
1 Tbsp red wine vinegar

one
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Cook the sausage in a 10-inch cast iron skillet over high heat for 2 minutes.
Add the onion & bell pepper.
Cook 7 minutes or until the sausage browns & the vegetables are tender.
Stir in the garlic & cook for 1 minute or until fragrant.
Turn off the heat. Stir in the bourbon.

 two
Combine the kidney beans, the cannellini beans & the black eyed peas in a large bowl.
Stir in the barbecue sauce, the co-cola, the molasses, the vinegar & the sausage mixture.
Pour the beans back into the cast iron skillet & place on a half-sheet pan.

three
Bake 1 hour or until the center is hot & bubbly.
Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

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A slotted spoon comes in handy keeping lampshades at bay.

The 411

Follow these pointers for the very best baked beans

The Pork

Conecuh Spicy & Hot Hickory Sausage seasons with perfection.
Smoky notes, good heat & the texture make this regional brand my very favorite

The seasonings in the sausage flavor the dish effortlessly.

The Vegetables

Cooking the vegetables in the fat rendered from the sausage adds extra flavor.

The Bourbon

Use whatever you have on the cocktail cart.
Add an extra shot if you so choose.

I prefer subtle tones when cooking with alcohol.
Well balanced overall flavor is always the goal.

The Co-Cola

One miniature co-cola is all you need for this dish.
There isn’t a need to stir the beans during baking.
There’s enough liquid & it will evaporate while cooking, concentrating the flavors.

The Barbecue Sauce

I used a widely available sauce, Bullseye Original.
To capture every drop from the bottle,
add a little bit of co-cola to it, tighten the top & shake it like the dickens.
Pour over the beans in the bowl to blend.

The Baking

The cast iron skillet is relatively full & a little heavy.
Bake on a half-sheet pan for easy depositing & retrevial from the oven.

The Resting

Stir the beans once baked & allow the steam to continue to escape.
This will help thicken the sauce just a tad.

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