BSB Appreciation

Several authors, supporters & a winning reader, were blessed with a lil gift of appreciation from BSB. Of course all things tied to New Orleans, represents BSB perfectly!

New Orleans Red Beans BSB Style


1-2 lb pack of Camellia Beans

1/2 lb smoked sausage, sliced

1/2 lb sliced pickled meat (may substitute with seasoning ham)

8-10 cups of water (may add more depending on desired gravy consistency)

1/2 stick of butter

Cajun Seasoning to taste

2 cups chopped seasoning blend (onion, bell peppers, celery)

2 bay leaves, 1 tbsp of onion & garlic powder, salt & pepper to taste, 2 minced garlic cloves

Cooked Rice


  1. Rinse, then soak beans (3 hrs hot water soak or overnight)

  2. In large heavy pot, cook sliced pickled meat, until 80% cooked, add sausages, chopped seasoning blend, garlic & continue cooking until seasoning has softened & meat is 100% cooked.

  3. Add beans, water & bay leaves.

  4. Bring to rolling boil for 30 mins, stirring every few minutes to prevent sticking at the bottom of the pot.

  5. Reduce heat, add onion & garlic powder, and butter. Allow to simmer & continue stirring until beans have reached the desired tenderness. (This could take up to 2 hours)

  6. Remove bay leaves.

  7. If you’d prefer a thick gravy, smash a few beans to add thickness.

  8. Add salt & pepper to taste.

  9. Serve over hot cooked rice.

*All meats may be substituted for smoked turkey and added at step 3.

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