Today in National Oatmeal Day. Now I have a younger sister who would insist today is one of the most important National Foodie Days on the planet. She swears by the benefits of oatmeal, especially for healthy hearts. While I am not disputing this, the only oatmeal I’m interested in comes in the form of warm oatmeal cookies.
It’s not that I want the cookies, it’s that I cannot eat oatmeal as a cereal. It’s a textural thing rather than a flavor thing. I like the taste of oatmeal. I don’t like the slimy, slippery texture of cooked oatmeal. Sprinkle oatmeal over a muffin and I’m fine. My sister insists that I need to suck it up and get use to the texture. She’s that sister who believes we need to eat to fuel our bodies and not to satisfy some pleasure receptacles in the brain. I’m of the notion we can do both. And even Oatmeal Cookies, in moderation, are fine.
So rather than whip up a batch of cookies and watch all the oatmeal people roll their eyes, I decided to reach back into the already shared recipes. Sometimes when I share several recipes at once to give a complete menu, certain dishes take a back stage. These delicious cast iron beans were just such a dish, originally shared back in 2018 as part of Cast Iron Skillets and the Feel of the West. It was high time they had their moment in the sun – strutting all their down home flavor.
Cast Iron Barbecue Beans
3 strips Bacon
1/2 medium Yellow Onion
16 oz can White Beans in Chili Sauce
16 oz can Pinto Beans in Chili Sauce
2 cups Barbecue Sauce
1/4 cup Brown Sugar
Cut bacon into pieces and set aside. Cut onion in half from tip to root. Wrap half the onion in plastic and store for another use. Peel and dice remaining half of the onion. Set aside until ready to use.
Fry bacon in a cast iron skillet over medium heat until crisp and fat has been rendered. Using a slotted spoon, remove bacon from the skillet and set aside.
Fry onion in bacon dripping until just tender. Remove skillet from heat.
Pour cans of beans into the skillet. Add barbecue sauce and brown sugar. Stir until well incorporated. Add bacon to the mix.
Return skillet to heat, and simmer on low until headed through, about 20 minutes.
For an entire western supper cooked in Cast Iron Skillets, be sure to check out Cast Iron Skillets and the Feel of the West.