One of the best side dishes I had while in Texas earlier this month was the pinto beans. Snow's and all of the BBQ restaurants in Lockhart served them. They were quite good and this week I found myself craving them. So, I decided to try my hand at cooking some up.
The beans I ate in Texas can be summed up in three words: simple and delicious. They are made with no finesse and no secret seasoning. Basically, they were cooked with a little smoked meat, salt, and pepper. A couple of places added a little cumin to the formula.
I chopped an onion and four slices of bacon. I put the bacon in the pot first and let some fat render. Then I added the onion. When the onion was translucent, I added salt, pepper, and granulated garlic. Then, in went one pound of cleaned pinto beans and enough water to cover them by about two inches and brought the pot to a boil.
I turned down the heat and let the beans simmer for about 4 to 5 hours. I don't recall the exact amount of time. I just cooked them until they were tender. I added a little water about half way through the cook.
Here is the finished product. They hit the spot and are very much like the ones I had in Lexington and Lockhart. So, if can't get to Texas, cook some of these up and bring Texas to you.
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