Oven baked green beans

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This is an old family recipe, and it is a tradition at Christmas and Thanksgiving. It is relatively unknown, in fact, I have never known anyone else to use it, at least until they got if from us. These things are so good, I know of two instances where individuals who did not like green beans ate these like they were going out of style. We cook them for the Elks Lodge occasionally, and there are NEVER any left overs.


Oven Baked Bacon Wrapped Green Beans

Ingredients

2 cans of uncut green beans (approx.)

1# thin sliced, hickory smoked bacon

Chili Powder

Open and drain the green beans; combine enough individual beans to form a bundle approximately 1 and 1/4 inch in diameter.

Wrap with a slice of bacon (Sharn Jean uses half a slice). Secure with a toothpick and place on a cookie sheet. Repeat the process with the remaining beans and sprinkle with chili powder.

Place in a medium oven and bake until the bacon is done. Enjoy.

Note: if you prefer, you can use your own choice of seasoning such as BBQ dry rub, etc.
I always use my own rubb; it is excellent for these beans. I posted it two or three years ago, along with my recipe for smoked baby back ribs. For convenience sake, I'll post it again.
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Baby back ribs on the Big Green Egg or your own brand of smoker

INGREDIENTS

2 Slabs nice meaty baby back ribs, thawed, rinsed and patted dry
olive oil or Pam; spray can works best
Rib Rub
Turkey bake-in bag
chunk charcoal
CURED wood chunks for smoking; I prefer about 1/3 Mesquite, 1/3 blackjack oak and 1/3 pecan. Blackjack isn't available everywhere, so regular oak is OK. Hickory is good also. I never use green wood nor do I soak mine. Mesquite is an excellent smoking wood, especially for pork; I recommend it if you haven't tried it. Go easy until you find out if you like it.

Lay the ribs in a cookie sheet, bony side up. Spray a fine coat of olive oil on the ribs and add a generous coating of your rubb. I use the #2 almost exclusively.

Turn the ribs over, spray the other side with the olive oil and generously coat the meaty side with the rub. Place into the bake-in bag overnight in the frige. I like to prepare them the day before if I can, but I don't always have that luxury.

I usually add a few chunks of wood to the smoker before I add the burning charcoal on top. I use the chunk charcoal in the Egg, and I start it using the chimney device so I don't have to use charcoal lighter. Add the hot charcoal to the smoker and place the rest of the smoking wood on top. I usually use about 2 or 3 medium size chunks of each on top of the coals.

When the coals are ready, I place the ribs on the grill bony side down. If I cook more than 2 slabs, I use a rib rack but prefer they lie flat. I also cook directly over the coals instead of indirect because I like them to brown a bit. If you insist on a brush on sauce, I recommend Woody's Cooking Sauce.

I set the smoker to cook at about 250 degrees Farenheit or a bit below. It takes about 2 and 1/2 to 3 hours usually for baby backs; much more and they will just fall apart. I start checking them after about 2 hours. The hardest part is deciding when they are done; when a toothpick penetrates the meat easily they are done; look for the ribs to starting pulling away from the ends of the bones.

I like to let them sit for a few minutes until they cool before slicing them up. If you are transporting them say to Grandma's house, wrap them in aluminum foil, and then in a beach towel or two and put them in your small beer cooler. They will stay warm for a couple hours.

Enjoy.

A few comments on rubs...There are a couple commercial rubs I like very much. The first is Bad Byron's Butt Rubb. It is an excellent rub, but it is too spicy for most folks, especially the kids. I also like Cain's BBQ Rub; it is milder and has a great flavor, but it does contain MSG. I have formulated my own rubs; the recipes are below. The # 1 is as close to Bad Byron's Butt Rubb as I could get, but here again, it's fairly spicy hot. The #2 is what I use almost exclusively any more; not too hot for the kids and everyone seems to like it really well.

Sorry, these recipes make a pretty good size batch, but I use a lot of the #2. If you want less, you'll have to go to the conversion charts and cut it down some. When I'm cooking just for myself and Sharn Jean, I usually add a little extra garlic directly to the ribs during the prep phase. There are a lot of prep variations I have used; I often will spread a couple tablespoons of yellow mustard on the ribs, gives them just a hint of vinegar, but here again, you can get too much if you aren't careful.


D.G.'s #1 Rib Rub

1 Cup Paprika
2/3 Cup Black pepper ( mix of regular and coarse ground)
1/2 Cup Granulated Garlic
3 TBSP Salt (fine sea salt; no Iodine added)
3 TBSP Granulated Onion
3 TBSP Chipotle Powder


D.G.'s #2 Rib Rub

1 Cup Paprika
2/3 Cup Black Pepper (mix of regular and coarse ground)
1/2 Cup Granulated Garlic
2/3 Cup Brown Sugar (light)
1/3 Cup Ginger
3 TBSP Salt (fine sea salt; no Iodine added)
3 TBSP Granulated Onion
3 TBSP Chipotle Powder
3 TBSP Lemon Pepper
3 TBSP Celery Seed
 
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Don't recall ever hearing of green beans cooked that way, but it sure does sound good to me.
 
  
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Don't recall ever hearing of green beans cooked that way, but it sure does sound good to me.

They are! I guarantee! It takes a while to prepare them, but it's worth it. I've been playing with the idea of using cut green beans, putting them in a baking dish with chopped bacon, adding the chili powder or rubb, and cooking them like that. Sure would be faster, especially when you're cooking for 50 or more, and my guess is they would taste about as good. Folks do like the little bundles though.
 
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Have you tried this with fresh green beans?
 
  
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No. I'm not sure how well fresh beans would cook in the oven, or if they even would. Asparagus probably would, and I've though about trying it.
 
 
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