Bushie.....Thanks for the mention!! I really do appreciate it!
Elise.....I compete in BBQ contests and many times beans is a side dish that is judged. 1 tip...you MUST use Baked Beans and not pork and beans. I have also found out that doctoring is so much easier. A hint on cooking them.....LOW heat for several hours and DO NOT stir until the end. Also, when doctoring, be sure to drain the beans IF you are adding additional liquids. If you are just adding some solid spices, keep the juice from the can.
Here is a collection of recipes I have used.......
I have always finished in the Top 10 with this one.....
KC Baked Beans
28 ounce(s) Baked beans
3/4 cup BBQ Sauce
1/2 cup Brown sugar, dark
1 medium Tart apple, chopped, peeled
2 tablespoon(s) Raisins, golden
1 cup Onion(s), chopped
3 slice(s) Bacon, crisp, chopped
4 ounce(s) BBQ trimmings
1 teaspoon Sesame oil
Use your choice of baked beans. I use the Bush's with Onions and then skip the onions in the recipe. Also, use your favorite BBQ sauce. For the BBQ trimmings, you can use any leftover pork or beef. You can also substitute 2 TBS of bacon drippings in place of the 3 strips of bacon.
Dice the apples, raisins and onion into sizes the same as the beans.
Mix all together and cook for 1 hour at 350º.
I cook these in the pit for about 3 hours at 225º.
This is a more traditional doctoring recipe...
Kevi's Harvest Baked Beans
2 can(s), 28 oz. each Baked beans
1/2 cup BBQ Sauce
1/2 cup Cider vinegar
1/2 cup Maple syrup
1/4 cup Brown sugar
3 teaspoon(s) Dry mustard
2 cup(s) Apple(s), diced
1/2 pound Bacon
Combine all ingredients, except bacon, in baking dish.
Place bacon over top of beans. You can also use any leftover BBQ trimmings, either pork or beef, in place of the bacon.
Cook at 350º for 45 minutes, uncovered.
I smoke these in my pit and will cook for 3 hours at 225º.
I persoanlly hate alcohol in my cooking, but this has won accolades from many folks.
Beans With An Attitude
2 cans B&M Baked beans
1 teaspoon Dry mustard
1/2 cup Chili sauce
2 tablespoon(s) Molasses
1/4 cup Coffee, strong
2 tablespoon(s) Brown sugar, dark
1/4 cup Bourbon whiskey
Mix all ingredients and simmer on low for several hours, covered.
Reduce liquid in last hour by removing cover.