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ROOT BEER BAKED BEANS

  Date: May 31, 2014
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I was looking for a side dish to serve with the burgers I was making this day. I have made quite a few doctored burgers recipes lately, and I was looking for something a different. This recipe which used artisanal root beer certainly seemed to merit that requirement. Another plus is it came from The Grilling Book, which had produced some other excellent recipes lately. I found this identical recipe posted online on 4 or 5 websites, with some comments from people who made the recipe. To be honest, I began to get quite nervous. This recipe seemed to be a love/hate thing. People gave it 5-stars or 1-star. The people who didn't like it described an unnatural flavor not appropriate for baked beans. The conclusions of many who liked it was the recipe was VERY dependent on the artisanal toot beer. They felt that the people who didn't like the recipe didn't use the "right" root beer. I couldn't get my hands on the two brands specifically mentioned in the recipe, but I spent some time on web sites devoted to reviews of artisanal root beers. One of the qualifications for "artisanal root beer is the use of pure cane sugar vs corn starch as a sweetener. The brand I used, Virgil's Micro Brewed Root Beer, really surprised me.. I tried a small sample of it, not even refrigerated and I loved it. Normally I am not a fan of root beer, but this was a big exception. All of the people who tried these beans loved the flavor. They noticed a different flavor to them, usually decreeing it as sweeter, but they loved it.
Recipe Source:
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Americas Hometown Favorites
The Grilling Book:
Root Beer Baked Beans - Page 338
Grill:
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Big Green Egg

Direct Grilled:

Using the Big Green Egg Kamado Cooker.
Gear:
  • BGE Cast Iron Dutch Oven
  • BGE S/S Grill Grid
  • Ranch-T Lump Charcoal