If you don’t want to roast yourself out by the grill this holiday then try this delicious indoor dish. It’s delicious and economical plus feeds a herd! Adjust the seasonings for preferred heat level and make sure to make a double batch.
Because they will beg for more. Plus,the leftovers freeze quite well!
🇺🇸🇺🇸💥Happy 4th of July to everyone. God bless ‘Merica!🇺🇸🇺🇸💥
Red Beans and Rice with Beer
- 1 pound dry red beans, soaked (NOT kidney beans)
- 2 TBS. vegetable oil
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1 bell pepper, chopped
- 3 ribs celery, chopped
- 5-6 garlic cloves, minced
- 4-5 slices bacon, coarsely chopped
- 1 to 1-1/2 pounds mild or hot smoked sausage, sliced on the bias
- 1/4 tsp. dried thyme
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
- 1-2 dashes of Tabasco or hot sauce
- 1 TBS. Cajun seasoning, or to taste
- kosher salt, to taste
- black pepper, to taste
- 8-11 C. water (start with 8 C. and add more as needed)
- 1 12 oz. beer of choice
- 3 C. cooked white rice
Soak beans overnight or quick soak for one hour. Drain, rinse and set aside. Heat oil in a large pot over medium high heat. Add onions, garlic, bell pepper, celery, bacon and sausage. Saute until onions are translucent.
Add soaked beans, bay leaf, beer and 9 cups of water. Lower heat and simmer for 3 1/2 hours. Add seasonings and continue to simmer until beans are semi-mushy and fall apart. Add as little liquid as possible when cooking the beans. Smash some of the beans against the side of the pot before serving to thicken the broth. Serve over white rice and garnish with extra hot sauce or vinegar.
- Use a ham hock or salt pork instead of bacon
- Substitute Andouille sausage or cubed smoked ham for the sausage.
- Omit beer
- Skip the veggie saute altogether; just throw everything in one pot (except salt) and simmer for 4 hours
- Crock-pot version: Place everything in a crock-pot and cook on high 3-4 hours or until soft. Adjust seasonings towards the end of cooking and barely cover the beans with water.
Hint: Additional salt should be added near the end of cooking to avoid a tough bean.