Homemade Pork & Beans with Lentils: qview

Discussion in 'Side Items' started by forluvofsmoke, Jul 16, 2009.

  1. forluvofsmoke

    forluvofsmoke Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    This is my first attempt for a dry bean cook. I started thinking about the the concept while I was at work yesterday, as I pondered what to make to go with my brisket for today.

    Pork & Beans with Lentils

    2lbs dry Great Northern Beans

    1lb dry Lentils

    1 medium Yellow Onion, finely chopped

    1-1/3 cup Dark Brown Sugar

    12 oz Tomato paste

    6 oz can green chilies

    20 oz can Pineapple Chunks, drained well, rough chopped (save juice for brazing meats, etc)

    4 Tbls Kosher Salt (2 for soaking beans, 2 for the mix)

    1 Tbls fine ground Black Pepper

    2 Tbls Paprika

    ½ Tbls Chili Powder

    1 Tbls Garlic Powder

    1lb uncooked Smoked Bacon, cut across the slice to approx. 3/8 inch


    Thoroughly mix 2 Tbls Kosher Salt into 2 gallons very warm water, add beans and Lentils and soak 12-15 hours.
    Drain and thoroughly rinse.

    Add 2 Tbls Kosher Salt and 2 quarts water with all other ingredients into a covered roaster large enough for the food depth to be less than 3” (for more even and faster cooking).

    Cook covered in smoker for approx. 4-6 hours @ 225-250* until internal temperature is above 170*, then, continue cooking uncovered for 2-3 hours to reduce the sauce as desired, and until beans and lentils are to your desired tenderness (internal temperature will be well above 170*).

    Gently stir the mixture about every 2 hours for even cooking and to help prevent sticking.

    Serves 20-25 people.

    Here's a look, from mixed in the roasting pan to the finish:

    Ready for the smoker:

    After the 1st 4 hours at 225-240*:


    For next 2 hours the roaster was uncovered @ the same temp range, then, covered @ 275-285* for another 2 hours (total: 8 hrs).

    After the final stir, and a 15 minute rest while covered:


    The above yielded a product with a slight chew (just the way I like them). For more tenderness, another 1-1/2 to 2 hours covered cooking would do the job.

    This could be cooked in a slow cooker as well, with additional cooking time. Smoked Pork Rib trimmings could be added to this as well, to really kick it up.

    This was a very nice change from the canned beans...not so sweet, and the consistency of the beans can be finished just the way you like them.

    Thanks everyone, enjoy!

  2. ronp

    ronp Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Real nice beans Man. Thanks for the QVIEW, they sound delicious.
  3. rivet

    rivet Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Very nice! And...thanks for the recipe. I really like lentils and this is a new twist on making them. Very nice looking plate of dinner, Eric! [​IMG]
  4. desertlites

    desertlites Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    very nice indeed-looks great
  5. alx

    alx Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Man i Love dry beans in anything...Nice JOB.
    Gotta a bunch of drying beans half ready in field.
    Like the Green Chiles etc.

    Still like Bean Stew with the Ham-Bone in it from growin up..
  6. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Those beans look great. I gotta try out the recipe. I love BBQ Beans.

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