April 19, 2017

Jake’s Cowboy Beans

Recipe: Andy Husbands & Chris Hart

Total Time: 2 to 3 hours

Pitmaster_Hi Res Book Cover_HH_JN17_75Try this recipe for Jake’s Cowboy Beans from the cookbook Pitmaster.

These beans were inspired by Texas barbecue tradition… It’s hard to go wrong with a base of flavors that include cane syrup, coffee, bourbon, and barbecue brisket.


  • 2 cups dry pinto beans
  • 2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1 cup cane syrup
  • 1 cup brewed coffee
  • ½ cup bourbon
  • 1 pound chopped barbecue brisket
  • 4 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tbsp ground cumin
  • 2 tbsp red pepper flakes
  • Kosher salt, to taste


Yield: Serves 6 to 8 as a side

  1. Soak the pinto beans overnight in cold water.
  2. Strain the beans and place in a 6-quart saucepan. Cover the beans with water and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until just tender, about 1 hour.
  3. Drain the beans and return to the saucepan.
  4. Add the barbecue sauce, cane syrup, coffee, bourbon, chopped brisket, chili powder, cumin, and red pepper flakes.
  5. Simmer for 30 minutes.
  6. Taste and add kosher salt as needed.

Tip: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 1 week.


Ken Goodman


Courtesy of Fair Winds Press, an imprint of The Quarto Group

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