Brewing with Pork-N-Beans

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Before I became a homebrewer, I spent a lot of free time in the kitchen or at the grill. I went through a period when I wanted to know how many dishes could be created from a can of pork-n-beans. Beans and wieners were a staple in those days. I inherited this attraction to beans from my grandmother who insisted that baked beans were at their best when spread cold onto white bread and served with ketchup as a sandwich.

e spent a lot of time camping in those days. Pork-n-beans are a must in any campsite. One time I was struck by the bean muse and the fact that there were a lot of leftovers taking valuable beer space in the cooler (cooler space in August is very dear). I cleaned out the coffee pot, opened a can of beans and went to work. One hamburger patty, a cooked hot dog, diced radish, a tablespoon of sweet relish, one half of a baked potato, half a Spanish onion, two cloves of crushed garlic, a small chopped apple, three ounces of catsup, one-quarter bottle of Open Pit BBQ sauce, one can of warm beer, a half can of cold beer (this was thirsty work), salt, pepper and hot sauce. I stirred the mix until it looked cooked and then added the pork-n-beans. With a final stir I covered the coffee pot and placed it near the fire to simmer.

Right now you are sick or hungry and wondering what any of this has to do with homebrewing. As I write it I am both hungry and thirsty so excuse for a moment... The connection between my passion for pork-n-beans and homebrewing has been there all along. It’s right there on the label of every brand of canned beans. Heat and serve. How boring can it get!

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