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Jonny Bean Goode Bourbon BBQ (Vegetarian)

johnny bean goode bbq beans illustration

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).

Johnny Bean Goode BBQ Beans Ingreadients

Onions, GInger, Cayenne and Garlic

Soaked Black Eyed Peas for BBQ Beans

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.

Soaked Black Eyed Peas for BBQ Beans

Jonny Bean Goode Bourbon BBQ Beans

Good for 20-25 people at a potluck

  • 1 pound dried black eyed peas (2 cups), picked over to remove stones, bad beans, etc, and soaked overnight
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 4 quarts plus 1 cup of water, divided
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 3/4 cup bourbon
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons creole or whole grain mustard*
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  1. Place beans in 4 quarts water with 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for 40 minutes or until beans are tender. Drain beans.
  2. In the pot used to cook the beans, heat the remaining oil. Sauté the onion until it’s soft and translucent. Add the garlic, ginger and cayenne. Cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the remaining cup of water along with all of the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil.
  3. Add the beans to the sauce. Simmer until the sauce has thickened, about 10 to 15 minutes. Package the BBQ beans in a heat-tight dish to transport to the party and watch them disappear.

Johnny Bean Goode BBQ Beans


* if gluten sensitivity is a problem, choose a mustard carefully.


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This entry was posted on June 28, 2014 by in Side Dish, Soup, Stew & Chili, Summer, Vegan, Vegetarian and tagged , , , , , , .

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