you will need:
1 lb giant lima beans, soaked overnight2 -3 tblspns olive oil
1 onion, peeled and diced
2 cloves garlic
1 tspn salt
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup cider vinegar
1 6oz can tomato paste
1 cup warm water
1 tspn powdered ginger
1 tspn cayenne pepper
1 tspn tamarind powder (sub 1 tblspn lemon juice)
1/2 tspn ground cloves
2 tblspns molasses/ treacle
salt and pepper
2-4 tblspns bourbon
4-5 slices of smoked bacon
time: 30 minutes active
1 1/2 hrs baking
smoky bourbon baked beans
These beauties are the best baked beans; great with a baked ham and biscuits for a large crowd, even better for breakfast or supper on thick slabs of buttered toast. The smoked bacon topping gives them an authentic BBQ flavour, whilst this sauce can be made in double batches and kept on hand for grilled meats!
Soak your beans overnight, then drain and rinse them.
Pop them into a pan with enough water to cover them by
a couple of inches. Bring to a boil and simmer for
about 45 minutes. Keep skimming the water and add a
little more water if the beans threaten to boil
Peel and roughly chop the garlic cloves. Sprinkle 1
tspn salt over the chopped garlic and use the wide end
of your knife to blend the salt and garlic into a
Spoon the paste into a mortar and pastle or a small
dish and mush the anchovy fillets in until everything
Heat the olive oil in a skillet and add the onion and
garlic paste, reduce the flame to medium; stir things
around and don't let the onion or garlic burn or
scorch. (2-3 minutes will do)
preheat the oven to 350f.
Add the sugar and vinegar to the skillet. Stir to
Spoon the tomato paste into a measuring cup and add 1 cup of water. Dissolve the tomato paste in the water and pour into the skillet. Add to the skillet.
Add the spices, molasses and tamarind (or lemon juice).
Grind a pepper mill over the skillet 8-10 times. Simmer
gently for about 15 minutes until sauce has reduced and
Taste. Add salt if necessary ( remember the bacon is
going to add quite a bit when the beans are baking)
Turn off the heat and drizzle 2 tblspns of bourbon into
the pan, Stir to combine.
Pour the drained beans into a baking pan, pour the
sauce over and stir to combine.
Slice the bacon strips in half and place across the
Bake for 1 - 1 1/2 hours.
Remove from oven and, if desired, drizzle another 1-2
tblspns of bourbon over the steaming beans.