BBQ Pork and Beans area cookout staple. Learn to make them quickly and effortlessly in a pressure cooker without presoaking the beans.
My family may love homemade beans, but I dread making them because I frequently forget to soak them the night before. Luckily, modern pressure cookers cook dry beans in a fraction of the time.
I used my Instant Pot for this recipe, but I could just have easily used my stovetop pressure cooker.
Ingredients for BBQ Pork and Beans
Pork and beans are traditionally made with navy beans, but you could use cannellini (white kidney beans) or pink beans.
Canned pork and beans use pork fat for flavoring, which mostly melts away in cooking. You can use salt pork, ham or bacon fat. If you want yours meatier you can use bacon, ham hocks or shanks or a ham bone like I did.
For the BBQ seasoning I used this rub recipe which I usually keep on hand. You could just as easily use a packet of premade rub seasoning. I promise not to tell.
You will also need some tomato sauce (low sodium recommended if you use salt pork, ham or bacon) and a little onion and molasses for flavor.
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Pressure Cooker BBQ Pork and Beans
- 1 ham bone (preferably with some fat and ham still on it)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil, canola oil, etc. (optional)
- ½ cup onion (chopped)
- 4 cups water
- 8 ounce can low sodium tomato sauce
- 1 pound dry navy beans
- ¼ cup barbecue rub seasoning (see note)
- ¼ cup molasses
- Cut off an inch or more piece of ham fat and chop into smaller pieces. Heat in the pressure cooker and melt for a few minutes (medium heat for stove top cookers; sauté for electric models)(If your ham bone doesn't have any fat left use olive or other cooking oil.)
- Add onions and cook until translucent, 3-4 minutes.
- Add water and scrape the bottom of the pan. Add remaining ingredients, stir. Close lid.
- Cook on high pressure for 30 minutes (dry beans) or 10 minutes (pre soaked beans).
- Let pressure release naturally for 10 minutes then manually release remaining pressure.
- Remove ham bone and cut off remaining meat. Chop or shred meat and add back to the beans. Stir and serve.
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