Campfire Pork and Beans



    2 cups dried pinto or navy beans, rinsed, picked over and soaked in water overnight
    1 tablespoon cumin seeds
    1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
    1 cup diced uncooked salt pork or bacon
    1 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
    4 cloves garlic, chopped
    1 teaspoon dried oregano
    2 tablespoons tomato paste
    2 tablespoons brown sugar
    1 teaspoon kosher salt

    Prepare a medium-hot campfire fitted with a grill rack.

    Drain the beans and place them in a Dutch oven or deep pot. Add enough water to cover beans by 3 inches. Place pot on grate and cook at a low boil until beans are just tender, about 1 hour, covered during the final 30 minutes.

    Drain beans and transfer to a bowl. Return Dutch oven to rack. Add the cumin seeds and saute briefly until fragrant. Add the onion and salt pork or bacon. Cook until lightly browned, about 5 to 10 minutes.

    Add beans, the chipotle powder, garlic, oregano and enough water to just cover beans. Bring to a simmer then cover and cook for another 11/2 hours, or until meat and beans are tender.

    Stir in the tomato paste, brown sugar and salt. Uncover and cook until sauce is slightly reduced. Adjust seasonings.

    Makes 8 to 10 servings.

    — Recipe adapted by The Associated Press from "Wood-Fired Cooking," by Mary Karlin (Ten Speed Press, 2009)

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