I was trying to make a special meal for my mothers birthday & she said she’d love a hamburger. I didn’t want to do just any hamburger so I picked SMOKEHOUSE BURGERS
. In addition I decided to take my first stab at homemade beans to accompany the burgers. I spotted the recipe in COOK'S ILLUSTRATED SUMMER GRILLING GUIDE
2010. To say the cook was a bit of a roller coaster ride was a bit of an understatement. After 3 hours of cooking and with 1 hour left to go the beans were still a pale white & I was thinking what did I do wrong? Well during the last hour where the beans were finished in the oven uncovered, the beans developed the right color. To say I was relieved was an understatement. But what happened next was truly unexpected - my mother ( & dad) declared the beans to be the best baked beans they’d ever tasted. My mother actually used to make her own baked beans so this was quite the compliment. My hats off to Cooks Illustrated. The second time I made these I finished them off indirectly in the gas grill with some wood smoke. They were even better than my first attempt.