Monday, August 8, 2011

Summer Barbecue Time...

One of the best parts of the summer is moving the kitchen outside and grilling.  Aside from everything tasting better (it is the fresh air), there are far fewer dishes to clean up.  No dirty pots and pans makes one happy Erin.  Yeah, it is the small things in life.

Husband loves to make ribs.  He has pretty much gotten it down to a science.  So I decided that we needed to make the rest from scratch too.  I grew up in the South, and was a huge fan of Sonny's  Barbecue Baked Beans.  To me, that was what baked beans were supposed to taste like.  The baked beans that all other baked beans would be judged by.  Well, we found a contender.   All thanks to Steven Raichlen and his How To Grill cookbook, and a little recipe called Sweet and Smoky Baked Beans.

There is some prep worked involved, but the good news is that you can freeze the leftovers and use them again (we have done it many times).  I know this is the second time I have recommended a recipe that has you cooking things in bacon fat, but it really does make everything it does in the restaurant.  Lots of love to all of my vegetarian readers.  You can easily omit the bacon, and use canola oil instead.     

The finished product looks just like this.  Serve with ribs (like I did above, but they didn't photograph so well) or chicken or veggie kabobs.  Another note, the recipe in the book says to use ketchup or barbecue sauce.  We use barbecue sauce only (no ketchup).  Just a matter of preference.  Enjoy!   


Josie said...

Mmmm, these sound really tasty!
xo Josie

jamie-lee said...

I am definitely going to have to try making these the vegetarian way. They look delicious!

MJonas_ said...

really cute blog!:)

MM said...

Mmmm, another yummy recipe!!! It looks so good, definitely will try it!!


Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl said...

Never tried grilled beans, but the bread in the first picture looks really attractive to me!

Portuguese Prepster said...

this looks so delicious!!

Anonymous said...

this looks mouth watering! love baked beans!

Gertrude said...

I love Summer food! That looks delish xo

Sizzle and Zoom said...

Looks delicious. I love making baked beans. Will try.

Eleanor at Mirror Of My World said...

those look yummy xxx

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