I did pineapple with some of your suggestions. did the brown sugar cinnamon type mixture, patted into the pineapple.
"I patted a little brown sugar into my pineapple" - homo lives where? Now on beans - if you're good you can do outstanding starting with dry beans. I ain't that good yet so I (regrettably admitting) usually start with a canned base. Hey - 20 farking years ago I started chili that way.