Popeyes Red Beans and Rice copycat recipe by Todd Wilbur
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Popeyes Red Beans and Rice

Score: 3.89. Votes: 18
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I first created the clone for this Cajun-style recipe back in 1994 for the second TSR book, More Top Secret Recipes, but I've never been overjoyed with the results. After convincing a Popeyes manager to show me the ingredients written on the box of red bean mixture, I determined the only way to accurately clone the Popeyes red beans and rice recipe is to include an important ingredient omitted from the first version: pork fat. Emeril Lagasse—a Cajun food master—says, "pork fat rules," and it does. We could get the delicious smoky fat from rendering smoked ham hocks, but that takes too long. The easiest way is to cook 4 or 5 pieces of bacon, save the cooked bacon for another recipe (or eat it!), then use 1/4 cup of the fat for this hack. As for the beans, find red beans (they're smaller than kidney beans) in two 15-ounce cans. If you're having trouble tracking down red beans, red kidney beans will be a fine substitute.

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Source: Top Secret Recipes Unlocked by Todd Wilbur.

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  • 1/4 cup smoky pork fat (from cooking 4 to 5 slices of bacon)
  • Two 15-ounce cans red beans
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Score: 3.89. Votes: 18
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Jun 3, 2016, 22:00

Love it. Turns out great ever time. This is a must fix.

Feb 15, 2016, 22:00

This is the closest recipe I've found to the original. Tweak if you must according to preference, but don't change it all up and then give a crappy one-star rating. That's just rude!

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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