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Maple Chipotle Pulled Pork and Beans

Maple Chipotle Pulled Pork and Beans. 2 comfort foods in 1! An ultimate comfort food meal combining two slow cooked favourites, pulled pork and baked beans.

Maple Chipotle Pulled Pork and Beans. in a red enamelled cast iron dutch oven

Maple Chipotle Pulled Pork and Beans.

On a cold, rainy Saturday a few weeks ago I decided a slow cooked day was in order.

How better to ignore the torrent of rain outside than to sit back and watch old movies all afternoon.  Relax while supper languidly bubbles away in the oven for several hours, needing very little attention.

Wooden scoop with white beans

White Beans.

On days like that, my son usually requests one of his two slow cooked favourites, either baked beans or pulled pork. Since pork and beans is a natural combination I decided to try combining the two.

Needless to say, the boy was very pleased.

Pork Shoulder roast trimmed and cut into cubes

Diced pork shoulder roast.

Before preparing the slow cooked meal for the oven, I took the time to make some bread dough.

Maple Chipotle Pulled Pork and Beans. in a white bowl with fork holding a chunk of pulled pork.

Maple Chipotle Pulled Pork and Beans.

The bread would also take its time to rise for the better part of the afternoon before sharing some oven time with the pork and beans.

 
Maple Chipotle Pulled Pork and Beans in a red dutch oven with fresh baked bread in background

Maple Chipotle Pulled Pork and Beans.

This rainy day supper was a slice of comfort food heaven; a thoroughly satisfying meal.

This would make such an ideal pot-luck contribution but be sure to bring along some of that Homemade Bread too.

The Best Homemade White Bread

The Best Homemade White Bread

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Recipe Updated April, 2020.
Maple Chipotle Pulled Pork and Beans. in a white bowl with fork holding a chunk of pulled pork.
Yield: 10 servings

Maple Chipotle Pulled Pork and Beans

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 30 minutes

Maple Chipotle Pulled Pork and Beans - an ultimate comfort food meal combining two slow cooked favorites, pulled pork and baked beans.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound dry white beans
  • 3 pounds pork shoulder or butt
  • 1 tsp powdered ginger
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp canola oil
  • 1/2 pound smoked bacon, cut in small pieces
  • 1 large white onion chopped
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp chipotle powder, more or less to taste
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tsp dry thyme
  • 4 cups pureed canned tomatoes
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 3 large bay leaves

Instructions

  1. You will need to pre-soak the beans in water at least overnight. The longer you soak the beans the less time it takes to cook them, although it will still be several hours. I have soaked beans for up to 48 hours in advance.
  2. Cut the pork into about 1/2 to 2 inch cubes.
  3. Mix together the ginger, pepper, cumin, chili powder and salt to form a rub for the pork. Rub it into the cubed pork.
  4. Heat the canola oil in the bottom of a large dutch oven over medium to medium high heat. Add the seasoned pork cubes and brown them well. Remove from the pot and set aside.
  5. Add the bacon to the pot and cook until almost crispy. Drain excess fat.
  6. Add the onion and minced garlic and cook until softened.
  7. Drain the beans from the water they were soaked in and add them to the pot.
  8. Add all of the remaining ingredients to the pot. If your dutch oven is not large enough you can transfer everything to a large covered roaster.
  9. Stir all together well, cover and place in a 325 degree F oven for 3 to 4 hours or longer stirring occasionally.
  10. The beans should be fully cooked and tender and the sauce should thicken. I sometimes add a little extra boiling water during the cooking time if the sauce thickens too quickly before the beans are fully cooked. This is not a problem at all and can be done more than once if necessary.(see NOTE Regarding cooking time.)

Notes

I almost always add a little extra boiling water at a few points during the cooking time if the sauce thickens too quickly before the beans are fully cooked, usually about 1 to 1½ cups at a time. This is not a problem at all and is to be expected.

The cooking time seems to vary a great deal depending upon the type of white bean you are using. I have seen some that can take up to 8 hours to fully cook in a slow oven. The best approach is to consider this an all day recipe that you start in the morning for dinner. Baked beans are even better when cooked a day ahead, which is how I mostly cook them.

Nutrition Information

Yield

10

Serving Size

10 servings

Amount Per Serving Calories 751Total Fat 42gSaturated Fat 14gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 25gCholesterol 145mgSodium 954mgCarbohydrates 48gFiber 5gSugar 32gProtein 45g

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

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Don Henry

Monday 11th of February 2019

Hi Barry, I’ve been cooking baked beans for 60 years plus or minus. Many various recipes. This recipe steals the show! I like low and slow so did at 275F for 11 hours. Oh my! Cut down on chipotle as we brought ours from Mexico and fortunately I checked for heat. It was a touch hot. Otherwise left recipe as is. Definitely a KEEPER! Thanks. Don

Barry C. Parsons

Thursday 28th of March 2019

So glad you enjoyed them Don!

Jude

Saturday 9th of February 2019

Want to try this! Could I use pork tenderloin rather than pork shoulder/butt?

Barry C. Parsons

Thursday 28th of March 2019

The pork would be far too dry I think. Pork shoulder is made for slow cooking.

Bliss White

Monday 4th of February 2019

I made the maple chipotle pulled pork and beans yesterday. It is fantastic. A delicious tangy flavour with a hint of smoky taste. The pulled pork is very tender. It just fit in a 6 qt dutch oven and baked 6 hrs. (Soaked beans 42 hrs.)

Katherine

Sunday 30th of October 2016

Delicious but even with soaking the beans for 40 hours in advance dinner still wasn't ready after 4 hours of cooking. I also found the prep time to be under-estimated. It was 45-60 minutes before this was in the oven.

Will definitely make again but I would allow lots of time for cooking.

Barry C. Parsons

Wednesday 2nd of November 2016

There does seem to be wide variance in cooking times because there are different varieties of white beans that can be used. I found that the smaller white beans actually took longer then the larger white bean varieties too.

Melody Restrick

Sunday 30th of October 2016

Mine are in the Oven ,I used smoked Paprika and just a dash of Chipotle powder to save on the heat. Hope they turn out. The meat and all the rest of it smells amazing.

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