Zazu Kitchen + Farm BBQ Baked Beans

Everything we tried at Zazu Kitchen + Farm was delicious, including the cocktails (read more here), but the highlight of our lunch was the beans that came with the pulled pork sandwich. They were amazing, and tasted like a cross between chili and baked beans. Chef Coahan was kind enough to share the recipe.

Zaza's bbq baked beans and bbq pork sandwich
Zazu Kitchen + Farm's bbq pork sandwich and baked beans

To make these beans at home we used a Le Creuset dutch oven. We love cast iron, especially for things that cook a long time. We also love this, this, and this from Staub, and this less expensive option from Lodge.

The barbecue baked beans at Zuzu are delicious and simple to make at home.

As far as ingredients go, we always use and highly recommend Rancho Gordo beans. The recipe calls for barbecue sauce. You can either make your own or purchase pre-made. Our favorite is this one that we get at Olivier’s Butchery, we also love their “spicy ketchup for grown-ups.”

Zazu Kitchen + Farm's BBQ Beans
 
Ingredients
  • 1 quart beans, rinsed and soaked overnight (or see how to cook in electric pressure cooker)
  • 1 onion, peeled and halved
  • 1 head of garlic, sliced horizontally through the center
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • ¼ cup ground cumin
  • 2 Tablespoons ground coriander
  • ¼ cup chili powder
  • 1 cup bacon salt
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce
Instructions
  1. Add beans, onion, garlic, and cinnamon sticks to a dutch oven and cover with water by about 3 inches. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Continue to simmer for 1-2 hours, until the beans are tender.
  2. Once the beans are mostly cooked but still slightly toothy, remove the onion, garlic, and cinnamon sticks, then add the remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Season with salt, and simmer for a few more minutes until the beans are perfectly cooked. Be careful not to overcook the beans.
Notes
The “bacon salt” in the recipe is overcooked (not burnt!) crumbled bacon that all the fat has rendered off. This concentrates the flavor. If you do not eat meat, just omit this ingredient.

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