Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Weekend Spare Ribs, Beans,and Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie

Friday night I put 1-lb Pinto Beans to soak 
Saturday Fired up the BGE 5-qt. Dutch Oven 
1/2 lb. bacon diced, 1 whole white onion diced,
 6 cloves of garlic chopped @ 300* direct
Manzanita wood for smoke
All the fixings, cooked for 4-hrs without the lid 
Beans are all done for tomorrow
Found these Spare's at COSTCO $1.99 a lb.
Pulled off the membrane and fat

Rubbed with Plowboys Yardbird and Simply Marvelous Pecan 
Rub on the other Put them in the refrigerator over night.
Sunday Jackie made a wonderful Strawberry Rhubarb pie

I got the Ribs going @250* indirect with a drip pan filled
with Apple Juice and Apple cider 50/50 for 5-hrs.

Spritz with 50/50 mixture of Apple Juice and Apple cider
 every hour
Foiled the last hour

Served with salad and garlic and cheese Focaccias 
bread that I bought at Costco. 
This was a great meal and good company.

Recipe for the beans:
Cowboy Beans or Ranch Beans

"Cowboy Beans" or Ranch Beans or whatever.

2 Lbs. pinto beans, rinsed sorted and soaked overnight 
(or quick soak. Boil for 2 minutes and let stand 
1 hour and drain and rinse.)
1/2 stick of butter
1/2 pound bacon, diced
1 onion, chopped
2 bell pepper, finely chopped
1 14.5 oz.. diced tomatoes with juice
3 to 4 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 cup chili powder
1/2 to 1 tsp cayenne pepper (depending on your taste)
1 - 6 oz. can tomato paste
1 cup chopped cilantro
2 qts.. chicken broth, 1 qt. beef broth the kind 
you get at the market
Melt butter in large pot or dutch oven. Add bacon 
and next 4 ingredients and saute' for about 
4 or 5 minutes until vegies are tender 
but not burned. Add cilantro, chili powder, 
cayenne and tomato paste and cook about 
3 minutes. Add beans, broth, salt and pepper 
to taste, bring to boil then lower heat and
 simmer 1 1/2 to 2 hours or 'til beans are tender.
 During this time liquid smoke (remember, a little
 of this stuff goes a long way) and tabasco and 
adjust seasonings to taste. If you want 
this thicker you can mash beans against 
the side of the pot to thicken.

Recipe for the pie:

1 comment:

  1. The ranch beans come just in time for our Texas BBQ next weekend (East TN blogger get together at the lake). I've been looking for a good ranch bean recipe to cook along while my beef ribs smoke. Thanks!