Good recipes to share with friends.
Now, as a vegetarian, I don’t eat much BBQ. Despite my lack of expertise on this topic, I have to say this BBQ will really blow your mind. It’s sweet, spicy and has an utterly fulfilling, almost meaty, texture. Not one person will be able keep their mitts off these beans and the dish will be cleaned up before you know it.
I actually prepared these beans in a pressure cooker, but advanced kitchen gadgetry is not required to get this recipe tasting great. Beans are easy to cook by boiling them for upwards of 40 minutes until they’re soft. The pressure cooker just speeds along the process (and helps to hold in some of the flavours).
The sauce is completely prepared without any use of pressure cooking. If you’re worried about the spice, cut down on the cayenne. With 1 teaspoon of cayenne powder, this recipe might light a couple mouths on fire, but it’s great for people who love heat.
Now, there’s something about blues music and BBQ. They go together like butter and biscuits. One really interesting artist, who really rips it up on guitar and puts on quite the show, is Seasick Steve. He’s been in the music biz since the 1960s, but only started doing studio recordings in the last 10 years. At the age of 73, he still sounds as fresh as ever.
I also can’t pass up the opportunity to share an incredible tune by turntablist Kid Koala, who released an album that draws heavily on vintage blues samples. Kid Koala has so much talent across the artistic spectrum. Along with doing all the music himself, he made an unforgettably brilliant music video for the track “8 Bit Blues”.
Speaking of blues, it wasn’t until just a couple months ago that I found out my BFF really loves the blues. We had sat down to eat, put on a Pink Floyd record we’d just bought, and here he comes out saying he loves the blues, which is odd, considering The Wall has very little actual blues on it. Maybe he’d just been holding it in for 7 years and felt it was finally time I knew. Marriage is full of surprises.
Jonny Bean Goode Bourbon BBQ Beans
Good for 20-25 people at a potluck
* if gluten sensitivity is a problem, choose a mustard carefully.