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Aug 17, 2013 09:10 PM

Who makes good BBQ Baked Beans?

At this point I will settle for just "good".

I sort of need to know.

Thank you.

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  1. I don't know if Bludso's is the best but I like their's a lot. Great on steamed rice along with rib tips and brisket.

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    1. re: bulavinaka

      Thanks b.

      It's odd but personally I've never enjoyed BBQ baked beans over steamed rice. Odd, I know.

      1. re: ipsedixit

        i like it only with converted rice. it needs to be dry and toothy, imo.

    2. It depends on what kind of beans you like. I grew up on Love's baked beans, so I like super sweet, very thick beans. The closest I've found are at The Bear Pit in Mission Hills.

      Unfortunately, almost everything else I've tried there has been awful. So I sometimes drive out to The Bear Pit from Sherman Oaks, get a quart of beans and a jar of their sweet BBQ sauce and then get some brisket at Smoke City (where I find the meats are great, but the sides fairly mediocre and the sauces not to my taste).

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      1. re: Jwsel


        That bring back some fond childhood memories.

        1. re: ipsedixit

          Include me on Love's beans.

          There are Love's BBQ bean recipes out there.

          One feature is the "bark" - which are the dried (but not burnt tips) and hard (and smokey stuff) cut off port roasts. They'd add these to the beans. So you have to find a way to replicate that. Very meaty ribs. Made with red beans.

          They were awesome.

          1. re: ipsedixit

            Like the lollipop sticking out of the ice cream?

          2. re: Jwsel

            My husband is so in your camp.....grew up on Loves...Bear Pit is a nostalgic favorite for him...

            1. re: Jwsel

              If you like sweet and thick you should try the ones at the Honeybaked ham store

              1. re: Jwsel

                This is going to sound very strange, but last night I had dinner at Rivera. A friend insisted on ordering the frilojes negros. When they came out, there were more like mashed black beans, but the flavors immediately made me flash back to Love's baked beans. They had the strong sweetness, but with the undercurrent of some type of meat being cooked in them. We loved them so much that we got a second serving.

                  1. re: Jwsel

                    Those beans at Riveria are one of my top ten favorite dishes in LA.

                1. Please try Bush's grillin beans. Bake 1 hr. 325-350. Will surprise ya !

                  1. I love the beans, Mac salad and brisket at hoggly woggolys. Not much else. Beans are sweet.

                    1. I thought the spicy version at Swinging Door were good. It's too bad all the Mr. Cecil's are gone. I didn't like their meat, but the beans were excellent.