Pork and Beans

Today’s adventure started out as a simple task … make pork and beans. Five hours later, I have pork and beans! It started out fine with the pork loin cooking and I had the beans soaked for 24 hours. Then, the pork decided that it didn’t want to get to temperature when I baked it at 400 degrees for 45 minutes. So two hours later it was done. In the mean time I made bread, scones and the rest of the ingredients below.  While making the BBQ sauce I found that the recipe that I had was not good at all… nasty!!!! So I began to google more BBQ sauce sauce recipes and found one that I liked.  The only problem… it required Worcestershire sauce (contains soy) and ketchup. Now, the ketchup I have from the last night making the meatloaf, so that was no biggy, but Worcestershire sauce?!?! OK, back to google… BINGO! a soy free alternative to Worcestershire sauce!!! woohoo!  So I was off making these new found treasures. The Worcestershire sauce recipe made about 1/3 cup which was about 5-6 times more than I needed, but didn’t know that until after it was made.  To make the story short I started at 10:30 AM, and it is 5:00 pm and I have Pork and Beans! (Discrepancy:=I took a lunch break and played with my son :-))

Ingredients

1.5lbs    dried Great White Northern beans or other white beans
1              onion
1              clove of garlic
2              cans of tomato sauce
1lb          pre-cooked pork loin
1 cup      BBQ sauce
1/2 tsp  cayenne pepper
4 tbsp    brown sugar

Directions

1. Start preparing your dried white beans a day ahead of cook day by soaking them in water for at least 24 hours. Many people seem to have great success in soaking beans for 12 hours, but soaking for 24 results in a softer, plumper bean for the recipe.

2. Shred 3/4ths of your pork loin and cut the remaining 1/4th pound into small cubes.

3. Chop your clove of garlic and onion finely.

4. Place your prepared beans, pork loin, vegetables, tomato sauce, cayenne pepper, dark brown sugar and vegetables in a pot, then cover with water.

5. Cook your homemade pork and beans for at least two hours on medium low to allow the flavors to meld with one another thoroughly. Add water as necessary, being careful not to add too much. You want this mixture to get slightly thick toward the end and might need to add a little corn starch if needed to obtain this consistency.

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About Brad

Education California State University, Chico, CA Bachelor of Science, Computer Information Systems, with Minor in Business - May 2005 3.429 GPA Emphasis in Networking and Internet Experience Oroville Hospital, Oroville, CA Hospital Information Systems Technician I • Served as helpdesk team member fielding calls and educating users on AS400 and PC based applications and peripherals • Executed server backups and Saves using Backup Exec, and tape rotations and storage measures • Designed and implemented web-based, multi-user helpdesk software in PHP and MySQL on a Linux server • Conducted data transfer of billing information and maintenance utilizing HBOC and Cirius group Software • Monitored servers including RAS (Remote Access Server), Exchange server, Domain controller, and AS400 • Performed optical processing from OS400 system Next Step Computers, Oroville, CA Owner/Technician – www.NextStepComputers.net • Implementation and troubleshooting of networks with 802.11b, 802.11g, and Ethernet • Implementation of static and dynamic IP addressing, and network address translation • PC hardware installation, including DSL/Cable installation and configuration, and HD partitioning • PC software installation, including OS installation/re-installation with Linux, Windows and multi-boot systems • Implementation and monitoring of security measures including firewall, IDS, port forwarding and IP masquerading • PC troubleshooting including spy-ware / ad-ware removal, virus removal, and registry cleaning • Design and maintenance of PHP based web sites, with MySQL database backbone • Implementation and administration of servers on Linux and Windows platforms including Apache 1.0 and 2.0, PHP 4.2, MySQL, SSH, FTP, SaMBa Community Involvement Boy Scouts of America, Oroville, CA Eagle Scout – Awarded March 19, 2000 • Positions held include Senior Patrol Leader, Assistant Scout Master, Quartermaster, and Scribe • Awarded Bronze Eagle Palm Chapter Chief – Order of the Arrow (Honor Society) – Spring 1999 – Spring 2000 • Master of Ceremonies and task master at gatherings: Assistant Senior Patrol Leader for Camp-o-ree (Competition) Webmaster – Maidu Chapter, Order of the Arrow – Spring 1999 - Summer 2002 - www.gec-bsa.org/maidu

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