Famous Dave's Wilbur Beans copycat recipe by Todd Wilbur
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Famous Dave's Wilbur Beans

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Menu Description: "Baked beans loaded with smoked pork, brisket, hot link and jalapeno peppers."

David Anderson published a recipe for Wilbur Beans in his cookbook, Famous Dave's Backroads & Sidestreets, but this Famous Dave's Wilbur Beans recipe isn't a perfect clone for the beans that are now served as a side dish in each of the 170 restaurants across the country. For example, the recipe in the book (the same recipe is also found abundantly across the Internet) requires strip steak which is an ingredient not found in the restaurant dish. The barbecue pork and brisket have been left out, and the book recipe requires that you use Famous Dave's barbecue sauce but is not specific about which variety of Dave's sauce to use, nor does it offer a nearly identical alternative if you can't find that particular brand. After several visits to my local Famous Dave's and chatting with the store manager, I gathered enough information to create this recipe with more accurate and specific ingredients, plus alternatives to help you whip up a spot-on clone for a dish that not only do I love to eat, but also that I felt destined to replicate once I saw the name.

Source: Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 3 by Todd Wilbur.

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  • 6 slices bacon
  • 8 ounces smoked pork sausage (2 links if using Farmer John's)
  • 4 ounces cooked beef brisket (Tyson or Lloyd's works great)
  • 4 ounces cooked pulled pork (Lloyd's or Jack Daniel's works great)
  • 1 cup minced white onion
  • 1/4 cup minced red bell pepper
  • 2 tablespoons minced jalapeno pepper
  • 2 28-ounce cans Bush's Best Original Baked Beans
  • 1 3/4 cups Famous Dave's Rich & Sassy Barbecue Sauce or
  • Hunt's Original Barbecue Sauce
  • Do This
    • Restaurant/Brand
      Famous Dave's
    • Instructions

      1. Preheat barbecue grill to high heat.

      2. Cooked the bacon and save the fat. You'll need 3 tablespoons of fat, so you can toss out any extra.

      3. Grill the sausage until the surface is mostly charred, about 20 minutes. This will add smoky flavor to the beans. When the sausage is almost done (after about 15 minutes), toss the brisket on the grill and give it a little charring as well.

      4. Preheat 3 tablespoons of bacon fat in a large saucepan over medium/low heat. Add the onion and peppers to the fat and saute for 5 minutes or until the onions begin to turn translucent.

      5. Dice the bacon, sausage, brisket and pulled pork and add it the pan. Crank the heat up to medium, and cook for 2 minutes, then add the beans (with the liquid) and barbecue sauce. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally, then reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 15 minutes.
      Makes 8 cups.
      Tidbits: In his book Dave claims that the flavor of the beans will improve if you store them for 8 to 10 hours in your refrigerator after cooking them, then reheat the beans before serving.

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Score: 5.00. Votes: 1
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Sep 22, 2019, 11:31

These were fantastic! Everyone at the bbq kept asking “who made the beans?” Needless to say they disappeared quickly.

I'm Todd Wilbur,
Chronic Food Hacker

For 30 years I've been deconstructing America's most iconic brand-name foods to make the best original clone recipes for you to use at home. Welcome to my lab.

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