Dear SOS: Last week I had the epicurean adventure of a lifetime at the Yard House at L.A. Live. The ribs and creamed corn were excellent, but the barbecued beans were heavenly. Could you please provide the recipe for these fabulous beans?
Dear Betsy: These beans are a great side dish to have on hand as the weather cools. The recipe is relatively simple but rich with flavor, with the beans neither too sweet nor too spicy. Enjoy!
Yard House BBQ beans
Total time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6 to 8 as a side dish
Note: Adapted from the Yard House. It makes its own barbecue sauce for this recipe but suggests using the brand Bull's-Eye as an alternative to homemade.
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 cup chopped green onion
1 to 2 jalapeños, minced, or to taste (seeding the jalapeños will minimize their heat)
4 cups cooked pinto beans (from about 1 pound dry, or about 3 drained 15-ounce cans)
2 cups chicken broth or 2 cups of pinto bean liquid from boiling
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup prepared barbecue sauce
2 to 4 tablespoons puréed chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, or to taste
2 teaspoons Tabasco, or to taste
Salt and pepper, to taste1. Heat a medium heavy-bottom pot over medium-high heat until hot. Add the olive oil, garlic, green onions and jalapeño and sauté, stirring constantly, until the garlic is aromatic and golden, about 2 minutes. 2. Stir in the pinto beans, chicken broth, brown sugar, barbecue sauce, puréed chipotle peppers and Tabasco sauce. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring frequently to avoid burning the mixture, then reduce the heat to a simmer. 3. Continue to cook just until the beans begin to break apart, about 15 to 20 minutes. Taste the mixture and adjust the seasoning and heat as desired. Smash some of the beans slightly with the back of a spoon and stir to thicken the texture. The beans will keep, covered and refrigerated, for up to 4 days.
Each of 8 servings: 355 calories; 9 grams protein; 65 grams carbohydrates; 9 grams fiber; 8 grams fat; 1 gram saturated fat; 0 cholesterol; 37 grams sugar; 588 mg. sodium.