My hubby is a southern boy and southern boys do love their beans. This is his “new favorite” – until his next new favorite.
Starting with 1 pound or dry, red beans, sort through them, tossing out any bad beans or stones.
Put the beans in a colander/strainer and wash them with water, and set aside.
Cut up 1/2 pound of Bacon, and 1 pound of Andouille Sausage, into about 1/2 inch pieces.
In a Dutch oven over medium heat, cook the meat with about 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil, until the bacon is cooked but not quite crispy.
While it is cooking, dice up an Onion, a green Bell Pepper and a stalk of Celery.
As well as 6 cloves of Garlic.
Add those to the pot, and cook until the onions are tender.
Now comes the seasoning…Add in 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, 2 Bay Leaves, 2 teaspoons Thyme, 2 teaspoons Tabasco sauce, and a Tablespoon of Parsley.
You are also going to stir in 1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
And now some Cajun seasoning. If you have a tried and true Cajun seasoning that you like, use 3 teaspoons of it. Or you can make your own –> HERE.
Finally add in 11 cups of water and your beans.
Give this all a stir, and then bring it to a rolling boil. Reduce the heat to a low-medium, and place a lid on the pot, slightly ajar. This will cook 2 1/2 – 3 hours. Stir it every half hour or so.
When they are done, ladle 3 cups of the mixture into a food processor.
And add it back to the pot. Cook it a couple more minutes, and then serve with hot rice.
This post originally shared on my old blog, Dec 21st, 2011