songdog

 So I wuz thinkin' about smokin' some beans, either to be used in chili (ya I know that adding beans to chili is considered sacreligios in some places), or to be used as baked beans. Should I votes

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So I wuz thinkin' about smoking some beans to be used in chili (ya I know that it is considered sacrilegious to put beans in chili in some places.), or used to make baked beans.  So should I
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Robert
I would soak them then put in a pot with some water and seasonings and maybe some ham hocks then put the pot on the smoker and cook them.  Not sure about the options that you gave for the poll.  Perhaps try both methods and see what the results are.

Robert
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songdog
Thanks Robert. 

What came out on the poll was knot quite what the preview showed.  There was actually a 3'rd option.  Maybe the problem was that I tried to embed a poll in a post. 

You gave me a 4'th option that I think I like even better, certainly less work.
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backyardbubba
My "bean process" is below .....

1.  Soak for 24 hours
2.  Strain
3.  Cast iron pot of water only with bacon strips on smoker for 8 hours (stir every time you spritz/check meats)
4.  Add beans after about 8 hours for another 3-4 hours. At this point I also add peppers, etc., so flavors cook into broth. This is Texas, so make 'em spicy but also a little sweet.
5.  Remove from smoker and bring to a simmer, and add seasonings, etc. until proper texture attained

Let rest, covered, for 30-45 minutes before serving.  Cast iron will keep them hot.  Be aware that beans will continue to soften while resting.

I have found that adopting the water only step increases the amount of smoke absorbed into the water.  Approach also adds moisture to  the chamber and helps the proteins.

Yes, I "coddle" my beans ..... but its all worth it I am told.
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