Nothing says July 4th Picnic like a big ole’ steaming bean pot hole o’love. Bruce and I have been talking about digging a hole for every major holiday for beans. Why? Well of course we saw it on the food network’s Ham on the Street and it was too cool to pass up! What else do you do during the picnic you have to have more to entertain you than just bocce and cornhole games. So after many years of warning to my parents, we arrived at 11:00 am to begin our bean extravaganza.
Well actually we started a day earlier with Bruce digging the hole in an old flower bed. I think this was my mom’s sneaky way of getting her old garden weeded but alas we were granted permission to dig the hole o’love, and when I say we I mean Bruce! I did do some prep the day before soaking the beans and I did cook them for one hour. I didn’t want crunchy beans and I wasn’t sure how the pot would work.
The fire was a blazed with a layer of rock under our dura flame and charcoal. We let the fire cook up for an hour to get the stones super toasty.
I warmed the beans on the stove while the fire was ablaze and then wrapped them up with the tinfoil love and then handed them over to Bruce.
Ohhh great smoke of anger boiled from the ground!
I know, I can feel your jealousy over the beans don’t they look scrumptious! Then of course what goes with beans but big foot long hot dogs. So much food! (Taste them and see if you need a little of this or that. I did get a bit creative in the morning but I think this is all I put in it)
The beans were a success and seem to now become a tradition in the making. We’ve already been commissioned to bring the beans on for labor day? It’s a long process but what else do you have to do on the fourth but play in dirt.
We did also win the first bocce tournament of the season! This is rare occurrence for such a trounce. Our last win may have been in 2007, although we have not played in forever!
Team Gleason 21 – Team Coffin 9
As the night came my dad surprised me with a fireworks show. Bruce was indoctrinated into the fireworks team which is a very exclusive club to belong too. They did a great job. We had a good half hour of great fireworks. Sparklers and Smore’s galore ended the 12 hour festivities.
As always my parents put on a great July 4th. Thank you guys for putting up with our bean hole!
Bean Pot Hole Recipe
An entertaining side dish for your next family picnic.
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours
- 2 lbs Mixed Dry Beans
- 2 med Onions chopped
- 2 Carrots chopped
- 1/2 lb bacon chopped
- 1/2 cup Ketchup
- 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
- 3 Tbls Dry Mustard
- 3 Tbls Hot Sauce
- 2 tsp Salt
- 2 tsp Black Pepper