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Beginner on beans

Postby smoking gents » Sun Jun 01, 2014 6:50 am

How do most of y'all cook your beans at a competition? Don't want any secrets just some direction. thanks
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Re: Beginner on beans

Postby NPayne1 » Sun Jun 01, 2014 9:53 am

Dutch oven on top of my firebox. Finely dice anything you put in the pot, nothing larger than the beans. Build my flavors at the very end in a 3 dump process. Keep in mind, I think my beans are amazing...but I've never walked
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Re: Beginner on beans

Postby txluke » Sun Jun 01, 2014 9:10 pm

My wife makes the beans. I love them but hardly place. I don't care much. I just like to eat them. She cooks them on the stove in the camper. I have seen most people cook them on a propane burner outside. Dutch ovens and pressure cookers are a good option too.
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Re: Beginner on beans

Postby CrazyD » Sun Jun 01, 2014 9:30 pm

I cooked up my forst batch today and they turned out really good. Probably be the way ill do them at comps. Used a dutch oven on a gas burner.
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Re: Beginner on beans

Postby ceaves » Mon Jun 02, 2014 8:55 am

Keep beans really, really, really simple for comps.

I cook mine on a coleman stove.

I cook 1 lb of beans, no soaking, or anything like that.

Start about 3.5 hours before turn in, dump in a box of chicken broth and a lb of casserole beans. I use salt pork (unsliced, cut into 4 hunks) and frozen onions. I only have the beans, broth, water, onion, and salt pork in the pot until the beans are done. I remove the pork and add my spices (3 total).

I generally am good for a bean walk.
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Re: Beginner on beans

Postby atcNick » Mon Jun 02, 2014 11:59 pm

Crockpot, beans, chicken stock, onion garlic bell pepper, hock, fiesta brand bean seasoning. I've never done well in beans.

Has anyone ever cooked baked beans for competition? The sweet kind

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Re: Beginner on beans

Postby cokeguy101 » Tue Jun 03, 2014 9:50 am

Ceaves is dead on simple simple simple. Salt and pepper basically or what ever your grandma uses. Think about what you get at most restuarants, plain simple beans, that is what folks want.
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Re: Beginner on beans

Postby JMoney7269 » Tue Jun 03, 2014 10:09 pm

Pressure cooker
1# of casserole pintos straight out the bag no rinsing
3 beef buillion cubes
3 chicken buillion cubes
1/4 cup fiesta brand pinto seasoning
1 whole bush of cilantro, leaves picked off the stems
1/2 medium sweet onyawn fine dice
1 ham hock
7 cups of water
Cook 1.5 hrs and turn off burner
Rest 30 min
Adjust saltiness 5 min before turn in with lawrys season salt
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Re: Beginner on beans

Postby TwoGuysBBQ » Sat Jun 14, 2014 3:30 pm

I hear that bbq beans or sweet beans with brown sugar are doing well. I do mine more of a traditional Mexican style and done well or at least I used too. like I said before from what I hear from a few judges are that the sweet style beans are hitting.
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