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2014/07/16 15:56:07 (permalink)

Your favorite can of Pork and Beans

Had a quick lunch break at home today. Made a fast sandwich and noticed some Bush's beans in the closet. We had bought a big pack of them at Costco for the summer picnic season. Quick...and hit the spot. I noticed at the store the other day, countless brands and styles of pork and beans....Do you have a favorite? A favorite style? So many to pick...
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Re: Your favorite can of Pork and Beans 2014/07/16 15:59:29 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby Twinwillow 2014/07/16 18:27:11
B&M Baked Beans. I liked them better when each jar had a chunk of salt pork in it, but they're still the best commercially available baked beans I've ever had.
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Re: Your favorite can of Pork and Beans 2014/07/16 16:20:12 (permalink)

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Re: Your favorite can of Pork and Beans 2014/07/16 17:30:56 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby Twinwillow 2014/07/16 18:27:49
Hard to find in Dallas where the shelves are stacked with Bush's and Ranch Style, but still:
 

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Re: Your favorite can of Pork and Beans 2014/07/16 18:30:31 (permalink)
Like many here, I grew up with Heinz. Which, I loved. But now, I favor B&M.
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Re: Your favorite can of Pork and Beans 2014/07/16 20:34:56 (permalink)
Never met a can of beans that didn't need doctored up.
Canned beans are only for emergencies like the apocalypse, the plague, pestilence, floods, hurricanes, and world nuclear destruction, with the exception of:

The only good beans are home-made!
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Re: Your favorite can of Pork and Beans 2014/07/16 20:42:59 (permalink)
Oh, I love Beanee Weenee. I like to slice up canned Vienna sausage and add that to a few cans of Beanee Weenee for a hearty snack.
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Re: Your favorite can of Pork and Beans 2014/07/16 23:51:38 (permalink)
As a kid, I loved Bush's original variety, but a few years ago I tried the British staple of Heinz beans and was instantly converted.  Far more savory than sweet, they go well on toast with Worcestershire sauce, shredded cheese, salt, and black pepper.  The molasses-based American type of beans is just too cloying to me now.
 

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Re: Your favorite can of Pork and Beans 2014/07/17 10:19:01 (permalink)
I usually buy Campbell's Pork and Beans.  They are a lot cheaper and I'm going to doctor them up anyway.  I make my own beanee wennees by adding Lil Smokeys 
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Re: Your favorite can of Pork and Beans 2014/07/17 10:52:02 (permalink)
Not pork and beans, but Bush's vegetarian beans are the best I've ever had.
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Re: Your favorite can of Pork and Beans 2014/07/17 11:02:17 (permalink)
It's not "pork and beans", but I usually get Grandma Brown's baked beans, and add brown sugar and molasses. Bacon too if I have any on hand, and I've used smoked pulled pork also. So good.
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Re: Your favorite can of Pork and Beans 2014/07/17 11:44:04 (permalink)
I tend to buy a can of just traight up beans and flavor them myself because I have never liked the sweetness of east coast style baked beans.  I put in a blackstrap molassas for a less sweet but deep rich smokier flavor.  (Along with other things)
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Re: Your favorite can of Pork and Beans 2014/07/17 12:00:23 (permalink)
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As a kid, I loved Bush's original variety, but a few years ago I tried the British staple of Heinz beans and was instantly converted.  Far more savory than sweet, they go well on toast with Worcestershire sauce, shredded cheese, salt, and black pepper.  The molasses-based American type of beans is just too cloying to me now.
 



I've seen these beans in the "international" section of my Kroger store. Now after reading this post by ketteract, I'm eager to give them a try. In the UK, these beans are a breakfast staple.
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Re: Your favorite can of Pork and Beans 2014/07/17 12:11:31 (permalink)
Yes, we have them in the international foods too. Thanks for the reminder. I'll get a can, and give it a test.
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Re: Your favorite can of Pork and Beans 2014/07/17 13:50:38 (permalink)
Just remember: they're not sweet!  If you're used to American-style baked beans then these will come as a drastic change.  They're best thought of as a mild, savory base on which to add sauces and toppings.  
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Re: Your favorite can of Pork and Beans 2014/07/17 19:38:48 (permalink)
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I tend to buy a can of just traight up beans and flavor them myself because I have never liked the sweetness of east coast style baked beans.  I put in a blackstrap molassas for a less sweet but deep rich smokier flavor.  (Along with other things)


I don't like "Sweet Beans" either.
I've converted to Southwestern Beans with a little kick to them! AKA "Cowboy Beans".
Something like these:


post edited by Foodbme - 2014/07/17 19:43:44
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Re: Your favorite can of Pork and Beans 2014/07/18 14:54:44 (permalink)
Bush's vegetarian has become our staple in the cupboard, it has a fresh and clean flavor that we like.  And we like to doctor them up too, with much of the usual stuff.  And B&M is wonderful, and I just wish we could get Grandma Browns out here.  We can get the Texas stuff, and always have some of that too.
 
But there was some praise for Beanee Weenees.  WalMart here had their own brand on the shelves here, in two sizes, small and larger, 15 oz or so.  I liked those bigger ones better, as could get a lot more weiner with the beans.
 
And Campbell's is always a stalwart, too.  I do remember in the mid 60's they had a version of beans with wieners, but they used small little whole wieners an inch or so long, as opposed to slices.  I liked those a lot, and they were great for camping.
 
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Re: Your favorite can of Pork and Beans 2014/07/18 16:52:46 (permalink)
Just came back from a shopping spree at our local market....this forum has me in a pork and beans mood....just had the British Heinz beans, and it is delicious!!! Not sweet, as posters have said, but an interesting taste....next up, Campbells which I haven't had in decades!
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Re: Your favorite can of Pork and Beans 2014/08/04 11:58:26 (permalink)
Finally tried the Heinz UK beans.  Our granddaughter was here and all three of us loved them.
They are not baked, they are not sweet and they have no meat, but they are very good. 
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Re: Your favorite can of Pork and Beans 2014/08/04 16:35:11 (permalink)
I use Bush's Original Baked sometimes for a side, but my favourite "pork and beans" are Showboat. They've got less junk in them and no HFCS. Unfortunately, my local Walmart stopped carrying them so I've been doing without for awhile. I have used Heinz imported from England and they're pretty good, but they're no Showboat.
 

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Re: Your favorite can of Pork and Beans 2014/08/04 18:43:04 (permalink)
I love B & M, although I miss the little piece of salt pork which I would save for the end. One time I hit the jackpot and had 8 pieces of salt pork in one can. I also love their brown bread. Howard Johnson's used to have a frankfurter plate with 2 franks, 2 slices of brown bread & beans which I think were B & M, swell dinner.
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Re: Your favorite can of Pork and Beans 2014/08/04 19:48:30 (permalink)
Always been a Van Camps fan.   Don't like canned sweet beans; theirs are not really sweet....
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Re: Your favorite can of Pork and Beans 2014/08/05 00:51:19 (permalink)
An ad from 1958. Did people ever think so highly of canned beans that they'd serve them like this, or is it a fantasy of the manufacturer?
 

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Re: Your favorite can of Pork and Beans 2014/08/05 03:32:01 (permalink)
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Re: Your favorite can of Pork and Beans 2014/08/05 06:50:11 (permalink)
When I was a kid in the 50's, mom often made a casserole like the one pictured above...hotdogs laid across pork and beans...that picture brought back memories. By the way, tried Campbells P&B again....ugh, either the recipe changed (Campbell's does that a lot) or my child's tastebuds weren't particular. Hated the stuff...still looking for the ultimate brand!
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Re: Your favorite can of Pork and Beans 2014/08/05 08:11:30 (permalink)
Nice thread, I don't think we've ever been on this topic before. Thanks for starting it. I'm definitely going to try the British Heinz. I know I've seen them but I don't think I ever quite realized what they were.
 
I'm not a vegetarian but we generally only buy vegetarian baked beans. For one thing, I don't want to even THINK about what the "pork" in Pork & Beans is made from. As for brands, usually we prefer Bush's, and their Grillin Beans line adds some variety.
 
But lately we've been buying a Goya version of baked beans called Fiesta Beans or something like that. Much less sweet, and a little spicy. I'm not sure if this is a new product or that I just never noticed it before, but it's been a hit already a few times over this summer.
 
OK, here it says they are "new".
 
http://www.goya.com/english/products/fiesta-beans.html#.U-DJscKYbIU
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Re: Your favorite can of Pork and Beans 2014/08/05 08:36:03 (permalink)
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When I was a kid in the 50's, mom often made a casserole like the one pictured above...hotdogs laid across pork and beans...that picture brought back memories.




I'm not sure if it's a casserole.  It looks like someone just filled a tureen with a huge load of beans and then placed some wieners on top.  Looks kind of revolting to me; an actual casserole would be much more appealing!
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Re: Your favorite can of Pork and Beans 2014/08/05 08:37:23 (permalink)
Always been partial to Captain Ken's...
 
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Re: Your favorite can of Pork and Beans 2014/08/05 08:59:22 (permalink)
I've never understood Heinz beans - quite bland, suitable perhaps for a 4-5 year old.
 
Favorite is Bush / onion followed by B&M and occasionally as a big change - Showboat.  
 
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Re: Your favorite can of Pork and Beans 2014/08/05 12:01:26 (permalink)
Heinz are very mildly flavored - they're really best used as a base for toppings like cheese, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, bacon, eggs, whatever.
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