Tuesday, May 27, 2014

80(ish)--- The Best Grilled Pork and Beans

Quite a few good things came out of this long weekend:

1. A new swing set/playground set up for my wee one (which will double as my new suspension training apparatus- on which I will be demonstrating a new Workout Of the Week for you very soon)

2.  Family time and sunshine

3.  THIS amazing pork and bean recipe.

When you think of Pork and Beans, do you immediately envision a can?  Well enough of that.

This Pork and Bean recipe is made in a skillet on the grill, right beside those vegetables that you are grilling up for dinner (wink wink, nudge nudge).  And the sauce? Made from scratch.  And it makes ALL the difference in the world!

The Best Grilled Pork and Beans
Serves 10-12

2 tsp olive oil
2 tsp minced garlic
1/2 large yellow onion, coarsely chopped
1 can white beans, drained and rinsed (no salt added preferred)
1 can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed (no salt added preferred)
1 can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed (no salt added preferred)
8 oz cubed ham

1/2 cup yellow mustard
2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1 Tbsp molasses
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1 Tbsp chili powder
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/2 Tbsp liquid smoke
1/4 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp dried minced onion
1/4 tsp salt

In a small saucepan, combine all sauce ingredients and bring to a boil over medium heat.  Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes.

While sauce is simmering, preheat grill to medium heat.  Heat the olive oil in a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat.  Add onion and garlic and saute until fragrant, 2-3 minutes.  Add in ham and reduce heat to medium-low.  Saute 2-3 minutes, then add in beans and remove from heat.

When sauce is thickened, stir it into the ham and bean mixture.  Cover skillet with foil and place onto the grill.  Cook beans for 20-30 minutes, over medium heat, stirring halfway through cooking.

Serve immediately!

Nutrition Info per 1/2 cup: 143 calories, 2.4 g fat, 9.5 g protein, 14 g carbohydrates, 5 g fiber


  1. This looks wonderful. I of course immediately thought of the can - this looks so much better

  2. This looks awesome! How do you think it would turn out, if I cooked it on the stove, in a cast iron skillet?

  3. I actually debated about making these on the stovetop last night! I think it would work, but still cover it with foil!