These beans taste like you’re on the Chisholm Trail fresh from a cattle drive. They’re a bunch of work, but they’re worth it, for the flavor is straight from the Old West—other than the Worcestershire sauce, that is.
Tip: Julia Child’s method of soaking beans is to cover them with plenty of water and boil for 2 minutes. Turn off the heat, cover tightly, and let sit for 1 hour. Then drain and cook as usual.
- 1Wash and pick over the beans, removing wrinkled or shrunken beans.
- 2Make several cuts into the salt pork down to, but not through, the rind.
- 3Combine the beans, salt pork, water, tomatoes, garlic, onion, chili powder, cumin, chile peppers, Worcestershire sauce, and barbecue sauce in a heavy saucepan or Dutch oven. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to maintain a low simmer. Cook very slowly, covered, stirring the beans up from the bottom occasionally and adding water if they start looking dry.
- 4Cook for at least 2 hours. When the beans are soft (not mushy) but still hold their shape, they are done. Serve hot.
This recipe, while from a trusted source, may not have been tested by the CHOW food team.