The next day you chop the bacon, dice the jalapenos and onions and add them to your pan. Alton Brown recommends a cast iron dutch oven. I don't have a cast iron dutch oven but I do have a 4 qt cast iron skillet. I used this and it turned out just fine. I would imagine this baked bean recipe would also work well in a crock pot. Over medium heat sautee the onions and jalapenos along with the bacon until the onions are soft (about 5-8 min).
After the onions are soft, add in the tomato paste, brown sugar and molassess to the skillet.
Stir this around for a little bit and then strain the beans and add them to the skillet. Reserve the water the beans were soaking in and then add 4 cups of this water to the skillet. It may seem like a lot of liquid but all this liquid will reduce by quite a bit. Add the cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper and bring this to a boil over high heat.
Once the beans are boiling, cover the skillet and place it in a preheated 250 degree oven for about 6-8 hours. I kept thinking to myself that I bet this would work well on the bottom grate of my smoker while a pork shoulder was cooking!
This is a really nice bean recipe to accompany your BBQ. Just look how nice it goes along with my ribs!
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