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Camellia Brand
Slow Cooker Bourbon Maple BBQ Beans

Slow Cooker Bourbon Maple BBQ Beans

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  • 2 quarts water
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 pound Camellia Brand Great Northern Beans, Navy (Pea) Beans, or Pinto Beans, rinsed and sorted
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Liquid Smoke (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups finely minced yellow onion (about 1 large onion)
  • 2 tablespoons finely diced seeded jalapeño pepper (about 1 medium pepper)
  • 1/4 cup finely diced green bell pepper
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 cups ketchup
  • 2/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 tablespoon mustard powder (such as Colman's)
  • 1 tablespoon barbecue rub (such as McCormick Grill Mates Applewood Rub)
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce


  1. In a large container, whisk together 2 quarts water and kosher salt until salt dissolves. Add beans, cover, and let stand overnight at room temperature. Drain and rinse beans.
  2. To a slow cooker, add beans, vegetable stock, bourbon, apple cider vinegar and Liquid Smoke (if using). Set aside.
  3. In a skillet over medium-high heat, add olive oil and onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions soften and begin to brown around the edges, about 7 minutes. Stir in jalapeño pepper, green bell pepper, and garlic and cook until fragrant, about 4 minutes. Scrape the contents of the skillet into the slow cooker.
  4. Add ketchup, brown sugar, maple syrup, molasses, mustard powder, barbecue rub, and hot sauce to slow cooker. Stir well. Set slow cooker on low for 8 hours. Stir, and cook 2 hours more on high. Serve immediately, or store in refrigerator for up to 1 week.