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Im cooking beans in crock pot for dinner tonight and my mom insist we use bacon fat to cook wiht it has "better flavor" she said *shudders* but no way im doing that. I wanna show her they can taste just as good without meat. other than salt and pepper, what about garlic and some ...bbq sauce or something?..lol need ideas
 

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A few drops of liquid smoke can give that smokey flavor you might be missing if you're used to cooking beans with bacon. Otherwise your imagination is the limit. Garlic and onions are great. BBQ sauce would probably be good for quick "baked beans." Beans are pretty much a blank slate -- you can flavor them Mexican, Italian, Indian, Thai, etc, etc. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> Here are some <a href="http://vegweb.com/index.php?board=138.0" target="_blank">bean recipes on VegWeb</a> in case you haven't looked over there.
 

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Beans can never taste as good without bacon- because bacon would make make soooo grosssss!<br><br>
A <i>touch</i> of liquid smoke (pretty strong stuff), maple syrup or agave syrup, maybe crushed red pepper for heat, cumin, smoky paprika, garam masala, old bay seasoning,.<br>
I don't mean all at once!<br><br>
I'll look up Mango Baked Beans from Appetite for Reduction. Those are great!<br>
Are you looking for baked beans specificially?
 

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Oh yeah, garlic, onion, maple syrup, red pepper, bay leaf
 

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Another vote for liquid smoke. If she likes the flavor of a ham bone or bacon fat then liquid smoke is a good idea.<br>
Failing that, you can add some veggie sausage. Or try some "no chicken chicken broth".<br><br>
But it really just depends on the kind of beans. Different seasonings for different beans. You will need to look up recipes or experiment to find out what you like.
 

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molasses!
 

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Some finely chopped celery.
 

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One Southern cookbook I have uses umeboshi plum to flavor greens where ham hock is traditionally used. Don't see why it wouldn't work for beans. Hits salty rather than smoky notes. On the downside umeboshi plum is pricy (if you can even find it). But it would add a 'fuller' flavor than liquid smoke.
 

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I've been cooking almost any kind of bean, especially white beans with extra virgin olive oil, onions, garlic, thyme, oregano, crushed red pepper, salt and a lot of black pepper forever. I just toss it all together without sauteeing the vegetables. Just cut the onion in half, toss in whole peeled garlic cloves. Sun dried tomatoes packed in oil will add a certain smokiness if you really need smoke. If you prefer rosemary, use that. Hope this helps!
 

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Oh yeah, garlic, onion, maple syrup, red pepper, bay leaf</div>
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this is what I was gonna suggest garlic....I luv garlic and maple syrup......yummmy<br><br>
peace<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Im cooking beans in crock pot for dinner tonight and my mom insist we use bacon fat to cook wiht it has "better flavor" she said *shudders* but no way im doing that. I wanna show her they can taste just as good without meat. other than salt and pepper, what about garlic and some ...bbq sauce or something?..lol need ideas</div>
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I love Tony Chachere's Creole seasoning:<br><a href="http://shop.tonychachere.com/seasonings-c-8030.html" target="_blank">http://shop.tonychachere.com/seasonings-c-8030.html</a> is my very favorite seasoning to add to my cooked beans. Also cumin, onions, garlic are all very good choices as well.
 
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