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Santa Maria StyleTailgate Beans Recipe

Total Time: 2.5 hrs | Makes: 10-15

This is the bean recipe I serve at aii my BBQ’s

  • 1 lb. small pink beans (Pinquito) I use pintos but you can get these beans at large grocery stores or internet
  • 1 strip bacon, diced
  • 1/2 cup diced ham
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • 3/4 cup tomato puree
  • 1/4 cup red chili sauce, Heinz
  • 1 tbs. sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. dry mustard
  1. Pick over beans to remove dirt and small stones; cover with water and let soak overnight in a large container. Drain, cover with fresh water and simmer 2 hours, or until tender. Sauté bacon and ham until lightly browned; add garlic, sauté a minute or two longer. Add tomato puree, chili sauce, sugar, mustard, and salt. Drain most of liquid off beans and stir in sauce. Keep warm on low heat until ready to serve.
    Can be prepared ahead of tailgate or BBQ and reheated

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