Block Party Beans

From Cook's Country | June/July 2009

Why this recipe works:

We usually prefer to use dried beans, but in our recipe for Block Party Beans the difference between canned and dried beans was minimal, so we chose canned beans. For the sauce, we mixed tomato sauce with brown sugar (for its pleasing hint of molasses), bottled barbecue sauce (which added a… read more

We usually prefer to use dried beans, but in our recipe for Block Party Beans the difference between canned and dried beans was minimal, so we chose canned beans. For the sauce, we mixed tomato sauce with brown sugar (for its pleasing hint of molasses), bottled barbecue sauce (which added a smoky note), and red pepper flakes and cider vinegar for a bright finish. Tasters preferred the traditional choice of ground beef to any other meat combinations we tried.

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Serves 10 to 12

For a festive presentation worthy of its name, we recommend using beans of varying shapes and colors, such as kidney beans, navy beans, black beans, and pinto beans. Serve with hot sauce.

Ingredients

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