Cowboy Bacon Beans

Total Time:
4 hr 10 min
Prep:
10 min
Cook:
4 hr

Yield:
8 to 10 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 4 cups dry pinto beans
  • 1 pound thick-cut bacon, cut into pieces
  • 2 whole green bell peppers, diced
  • 1 whole onion, diced
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons mustard
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder, optional
  • 2 teaspoons salt, more to taste
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper, more to taste
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
Directions

Rinse the beans under cold water, sorting out any rocks/particles. Set aside.

In a heavy pot (cast iron), saute the bacon pieces until halfway cooked and the fat is rendered. Add the green peppers and onions to the pot and cook until starting to get brown, about 3 minutes. Add the beans and cover with water by 1 inch. Bring to a boil, and then add the brown sugar, ketchup, mustard, chili powder, salt, pepper and garlic. Reduce the heat to a simmer, place on the lid and cook until the beans are tender and the liquid is thick 3 to 4 hours.


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All I can say is "This is the Bomb"! Cooking it for the second time for this Sunday's Christmas potluck at the folks' church (along with Ree's "Creamy Rosemary Potatoes). Gonna git stuffed! item not reviewed by moderator and published
i came to this site to make sure i had the ingredients correct after watching this episode on tv. this recipe reminds me of one my family use to make during pot luck gatherings. if i remember right you can buy the bulk back pieces raw in a bag at the meat dept. at Walmart for half the price of regular bacon (FYI). totally loved watching Ree's show. she was engaging and my attention span is generally nil... so thanks! i will keep my eyes open for another episode and make sure i have pen and paper nearby. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good recipe. My suggestions for a fool proof outcome-#1 use a heavy pot, preferably a cast iron one, I use my large Le' Cruset. #2 spoon out some of the oil if you're fat-phobic #3 allow for longer cooking time at a low simmer. #4 cut down on the sugar by at least half, then add more as the beans cook if necessary. Great alone or as a side dish! Thanks Ree! item not reviewed by moderator and published
DOES NOT WORK...EVEN AT LOWEST TEMP WATER IS GONE in 45 MINS AND BEANS NEED 4 HOURS. 3rd TIME COOKING AND LAST TIME. SHE NEEDS TO WATCH RACHAEL RAE FOR BASIC CUTTING AND TALKING WHILE COOKING SKILLS. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Oh wow!!! #1 item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made these for a group of city slickers not cowboys but everyone loved them. There were several who came back for a second helping. I used a large can of Bush's pinto beans, 1 cup of sugar and added another 1/4 of catsup. Thought the chili powder would be overwhelming but it blended well. My husband said the recipe was a keeper!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The reason these are too sweet is because on the show and in the video she says to use 3/4 cup of sugar. The posted recipe says a cup. Whoever is in charge of the website should change it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great recipe. Followed it exactly - except I used red beans and pinto. Everyone loved them. item not reviewed by moderator and published
First time making them: a little too sweet, but otherwise great. Added ham cubes to make them extra yummy. Second time: cut the sugar in half, still added the ham cubes. Winner Winner, cowboy dinner!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I usually like Ree's recipes, but this one was too sweet. The simpler way to make these beans is use bacon, onions, and green peppers, sauté, add water and beans, add the chili powder, 1/2 the brown sugar, and a good bbq sauce. item not reviewed by moderator and published
type edit: !! sorry y'all i meant bulk bacon not bulk back lol gross right. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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