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the goods

you will need:

1 lb giant lima beans, soaked overnight

2 -3 tblspns olive oil
1 onion, peeled and diced
2 cloves garlic
1 tspn salt
2-3 anchovies
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

  • large saucepan
  • skillet
  • baking dish

time: 30 minutes active

1 1/2 hrs baking

overnight soaking





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 dry.

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 paste.

Spoon the paste into a mortar and pastle or a small dish and mush the anchovy fillets in until everything is combined.

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 combine.

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 thickened.

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 beans.

Bake for 1 - 1 1/2  hours.

Remove from oven and, if desired, drizzle another 1-2 tblspns of bourbon over the steaming beans.