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RECIPE: Amazin’ Beans (with Amazin’ BBQ Sauce)

15th Nov 08 (Sat) Leave a comment Go to comments

I made some Amazin’ Beans (with homemade BBQ sauce) for Veggie Supper Club.  If you stumbled in here from a recipe search; well, this blog is mainly music related, but here are some past recipe I did: Vegan Biscuits & Gravy -and- Spiced Biscotti.

(photo courtesy recipedose.com)

These recipes are adapted from my sis-in-law’s recipe!

Amazin’ BBQ Sauce

Makes roughly 28 oz., but I usually make a double batch to keep around or give to friends


  • 1 1/2 cups catsup
  • 1 12 oz. can tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tbl. vinegar
  • 1 tbl. orange juice concentrate (or 1/4 cup OJ)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp. mustard powder (or mustard to taste)
  • 1/2 tbl. toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil (or other oil with chili powder for kick)
  • 1 tsp. liquid smoke
  • 1/2 tsp. worcestershire sauce (vegetarian version)
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. chipotle powder (or cayenne)
  • white pepper to taste (be careful with this…it gives it “bite”)

I mix all this stuff and simmer it for about an hour. When it is nice and thick, I let it fall to room temperature, then chill it so the flavor gets nice and rich. This stuff is best after a few days in the fridge. It is good on/in all kinds of things, but it was originally designed for use in the Amazin’ Beans which follow.

Amazin’ Beans

Makes 6 hearty servings


  • 1 can (16 oz) kidney beans
  • 1 can (10.5 oz) baby lima beans
  • 1 can (16 oz) navy beans
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped
  • 12 oz. amazin’ bbq sauce (recipe above)
  • Bread crumbs, toasted

Note: The bean style and size of can may vary, but the above is a good guideline.

Drain and rinse beans thoroughly (this cuts down on the “gas” later).  Combine all ingredients and mix well.  It should be really saucy.  Pour into casserole dish and cover lightly with toasted bread crumbs.  Bake uncovered at 350F for about 45 minutes.  Keep an eye on it so it doesn’t burn.

~Dan – np: Medeski Martin & WoodRadiolarians 1

  1. Nathan Ketchen
    19th Nov 08 (Wed) at 8:27 am

    This sounds really really good.

  2. 19th Nov 08 (Wed) at 1:00 pm

    Oh, it is delicious… and the whole house smells like BBQ sauce afterwards, which ain’t a bad thing.

    As a side note, remember when we experimented and made salsa from scratch? To what Erich said we “brought the chunda” because it was too spicy… :) I still have that recipe around and make it from time to time…


  3. Nathan Ketchen
    20th Nov 08 (Thu) at 1:51 pm

    Yes, calling down the chunder was a lot of fun. Did we actually have a recipe? I just remember throwing random ammounts of peppers and tomatoes in. I’ve got a problem with acid reflux now, so I only endulge in spicy food occassionally.

    Speaking of food, New York has any kind of awesome food you can think to try. I know you’re a vegetarian, and I’m sure you could find all kinds of cool places to eat here. The pizza alone knocks me out. Today I had a sushi lunch to top-up on my mercury content. There is this great Peruvian restaurant down the street that makes unbelievable stuffed potato! Oh, it’s too good. It is a very good thing I have a wife who thinks eating out is too expensive. Without her I’d be a broke big fat fatty.

  4. 20th Nov 08 (Thu) at 6:18 pm

    We didn’t have a recipe, but we made one up… I ended up writing it down after the fact. I can’t do too much tomato either… ah, gettin’ old.

    I heart NYC’s food. There are some great vegetarian places. Candle 79 is a fantastic gourmet place I went to and spent $80 at lunch for vegan food (on the company dime). :)

    There are also some great all veggie places in the lower east village… and a vegan cupcake place in Chelsea (I think).

    Ah, NYC… fun times… if I lived anywhere on the subway lines in NYC, I’d be broke, too. My last trip there I went to at least one concert a night (mainly avant-garde jazz in the Bowery/lower east village). I think it was something like 10 shows in 7 days. :)

  5. Nathan Ketchen
    22nd Nov 08 (Sat) at 9:25 am

    I’m kind of glad I’m not “in the know” when it comes to all the shows here. I’d be sick that I miss so much, and not a very good pastor for going out all the time.

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