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Barbecue "Baked" Beans

Smoky, tangy, tasty baked beans - with no baking!

This is very easy to make, and the prep time is very short indeed; after that, just leave it to bubble away (keeping a weather eye on it). The longer the cook, the richer the taste.



1 onion


chorizo - or bacon, lardons, prosciutto - or no meat

brown sugar

tomato purée


ground cumin

ground allspice

soy sauce

red wine vinegar

dry sherry

cayenne pepper

1 tin pinto beans - you can use others, but these are an ideal size and texture

hot water


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  • Peel and finely slice the onion and garlic

  • slice and dice the chorizo

  • Heat some olive oil in a pan

  • Add the chorizo and let it infuse the oil

  • Add the chopped onion & garlic

  • Give it a stir and let the onion soften

  • Add soy, sherry and spices and bring to a simmer

  • Add the vinegar

  • Add two heaped teaspoons of brown sugar and stir through

  • Add nearly half a tube of tomato purée and stir in thoroughly

  • Add the pinto beans - undrained - and mix through gently; you don't want mushy beans

  • Add a lot of hot water

  • Simmer away for a good hour or so until it is a thick, gloopy sauce.

  • Keep your eye on it!

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