When it comes to grilling season, I'm always game to try a new bean recipes-- to set along side grilled meats. My guests appreciate them, too, and this recipe is no exception. I've always wanted to see if I could make my own Texas Ranch Style Beans.
The first place I searched was one of my favorite cookbooks, "The Homesick Texan" (author/blogger: Lisa Fain). I came up with nothing-- until I searched her blog . Lo and behold, she had created her own version and I decided to try her recipe. I've made a few of her recipes with success (like her Breakfast Migas--yum).
I have nothing against canned beans. But, dried beans are inexpensive and I don't mind giving them an overnight soaking. I do add baking soda, myself, during the soaking process to help-- ahem-- with the after-effects of eating fiber laden beans. (There's a quick soak method, too.)
For spices/aromatics, we'll need brown sugar, paprika, cumin and dried oregano and 15 ounces of tomatoes. We'll need some apple cider vinegar. Plenty of garlic and onion is needed, too-- like one big onion and six cloves of fresh garlic.