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Title: Bean hole pinto beans
Post by: drthumbs on May 14, 2010, 08:37:52 PM
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Bean hole pinto beans

This is a method that can be used for a number of dishes. It will turn your Dutch oven into a pressure cooker at first and as the time goes on, into a slow cooker. I have used it to cook a number of things, most notable, beans and pot roast.

From what I understand, this is a native American method where they used earthen clay pots and was adapted by early European settlers using cast iron. The basic concept is to dig a hole, built large fire and when down to coals, add pot and bury. Let set between 3 and 16 hours.

Not that I have experienced it personally, but IIRC this is a method used for New England baked beans

I used pintos soaked overnight.


For a 12 inch DO, dig hole about 2 feet deep and 2 feet across. It will depend on the size of your DO, jut leave room on sides for coals.

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Start large fire in hole

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Prepare food in DO. In this case, as I said, we used pintos with dice onions and a mix of Tex-Mex spices. This is less about the recipe, and more about method. Use whatever recipe for beans that you have.

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When fire has burn down to coals, and the hole is about half filled

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Shovel out a little more than half the coals

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Place pot in hole ans level as possible.

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Place coals back in hole making sure to get the sides filled in and a good layer on top, then fill in will all the dirt for the hole. you should end up with a mound.

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Let sit for about 8 hours. This pot was in the hole for about 7.5 hours. Carefully dig out of hole, things will be hot. Try to keep the dirt out of the pot :)

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While you build a large fire in the beginning, over all you will use only a fraction of the wood you would need to cook them in a normal method. The earth heats up while the fire is going and when all is buried, the thermal retention cooks everything.


Hope yall give this a try. Let us know how it turns out of you. Good luck. 
Title: Re: Bean hole pinto beans
Post by: wolfracer on May 20, 2010, 02:05:01 PM
Now I'm hungry! Thanks for the tip. How did they taste by the way?
Title: Re: Bean hole pinto beans
Post by: ghostwolf on June 05, 2010, 01:09:30 PM
Those were some dang good beans too Doc.
Title: Re: Bean hole pinto beans
Post by: Sister Wolf on June 05, 2010, 01:54:01 PM
They were very, very tasty!!!
Title: Re: Bean hole pinto beans
Post by: flagtag on June 05, 2010, 03:11:08 PM
Mmmm! Looks so good!
Thanks for the tutorial.
Title: Re: Bean hole pinto beans
Post by: Hare of Caerbannog on June 05, 2010, 04:29:13 PM
GREAT POST!
+1 from me!
I love beans.
 ;D
Title: Re: Bean hole pinto beans
Post by: Goatdog62 on June 05, 2010, 07:28:45 PM
What a wonderful post drthumbs. +1 to you!
Title: Re: Bean hole pinto beans
Post by: drthumbs on June 05, 2010, 08:16:28 PM
Thank yall for taking a look? If you give it a try, let us know how it turns out
Title: Re: Bean hole pinto beans
Post by: OKGranny on June 06, 2010, 12:38:23 AM
I never met a pinto bean I didn't love and those look really good. I'm going to have to try it.
Title: Re: Bean hole pinto beans
Post by: Joe on June 17, 2010, 10:50:19 PM
I have that same dutch oven.  I think I will try that tomorrow.
Title: Re: Bean hole pinto beans
Post by: amanadoo on June 23, 2010, 08:08:51 AM
Oh wow. I'm taking my boys on their first camping trip this summer with my dad.....Dad is going to be IMPRESSED when I fix his favorite beans out in the middle of nowhere!
Title: Re: Bean hole pinto beans
Post by: kckndrgn on August 27, 2010, 12:01:55 PM
COOL, looks interesting.  I just might have to give this a try!
Title: Re: Bean hole pinto beans
Post by: Zookeeper on August 27, 2010, 04:17:51 PM
drtumbs, My husband says they used to cook Deer or whatever meat they had when they went hunting. They basically did the same thing you did but when the coals where ready they would make a depression in the coals put the pot in , cover the hole with a piece of metal than cover that with dirt.