I really like beans. And I make 'em a lot! In allllll different ways, and then I sort of forget to write down what I did ("Oh I'll remember! It was so easy, just a bay leaf here and a shake of Liquid Smoke there, what's to even write down?!") And then I have to go clean something to work through my feelings of anger and sadness because I sort of forgot to write down what I did.
So I've decided to start my own little cooking series entirely devoted the things I do with beans. I'm calling it 'Full of Beans' because I love dumb jokes almost as much as I love beans.
As an aside that will eventually become its own post: I do not fool with dried beans. I know they're cheaper, and better for you. I KNOW, OKAY? But canned beans are faster, and I'm a busy lady who is willing to sacrifice a few extra cents out of her wallet for the convenience of opening up a can and having a ready product and also I have absolutely no knack with dried beans. Oh God, you guys, I've tried. I really, really have tried. But I'm a complete failure when it comes to dried beans and now you know that about me.
But what you don't know about me, but will starting ... now! is that I made some fantastic BBQ beans this week and this is how I did it.
Last weekend, my husband made pork spareribs using this recipe from CHOW. There was quite a lot of leftover BBQ sauce, so come Monday I grabbed a small can of pinto beans and a small can of pink beans and went to town.
Now, when I say there was "quite a lot of leftover BBQ sauce" I mean there was probably 1-1 1/2 cups of the stuff.
After draining and rinsing the beans, I put them in a medium sauce pan and added 1-1 1/2 cups BBQ sauce along with 1/2 cup of water. I let that all simmer for 30 minutes AND THAT WAS ALL.
They were delicious.
Now, you don't have to go around making your own homemade BBQ sauce—you could absolutely do this with store-bought sauce. If you go that route, however, I would suggest jazzing things up just a little bit. Maybe add a teaspoon or two of chili powder? Mayhap a blurt (technical term) of mustard? Several hundred dashes of your favorite hot sauce, perhaps? Yes, that all sounds nice.
So look, this isn't like a WOWSERS type recipe but it is 1. really tasty; 2. easy; 3. fast; 4. cheap. Which are all excellent qualities in a side dish, especially for a weeknight dinner or holiday weekend offering.