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Barbecue Beans

Yield 16 servings (serving size: 1/2 cup)
These saucy beans are ready in less than 40 minutes--a fraction of the time it takes to make traditional baked beans. If you'd like more of a smoky taste, use a mesquite-flavored barbecue sauce; if you prefer a milder flavor, use a regular tomato-based barbecue sauce. Check the beans for doneness after they've cooked for 6 minutes; if they're still a bit firm, simmer them (not under pressure) until tender.

Ingredients

  • 3 bacon slices
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 1 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 cup finely chopped green bell pepper
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pound dried Great Northern beans
  • 10 cup water, divided
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup beer
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons stone-ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Nutrition Information

  • calories 189
  • caloriesfromfat 19 %
  • fat 3.9 g
  • satfat 1.2 g
  • monofat 1.4 g
  • polyfat 1 g
  • protein 7.3 g
  • carbohydrate 31.8 g
  • fiber 6.8 g
  • cholesterol 3 mg
  • iron 2 mg
  • sodium 311 mg
  • calcium 69 mg

How to Make It

  1. Cook bacon slices in a 6-quart pressure cooker over medium-high heat until crisp. Remove bacon from cooker; crumble and set aside. Add the onion, bell peppers, and garlic to drippings in cooker; sauté 2 minutes. Remove bell pepper mixture from cooker; set aside.

  2. Sort and wash beans. Combine beans and 4 cups water in cooker. Close lid securely; bring to high pressure over high heat. Adjust heat to medium or level needed to maintain high pressure; cook 1 minute. Remove from heat, and place cooker under cold running water. Remove lid; drain beans.

  3. Combine beans, 6 cups water, and oil in cooker. Close lid securely; bring to high pressure over high heat. Adjust heat to medium or level needed to maintain high pressure; cook 6 minutes. Remove from heat, and place cooker under cold running water. Remove lid; drain beans. Return beans to cooker; add bacon, onion mixture, barbecue sauce, and remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer 12 minutes or until slightly thick.