Sweet Barbecue Beans with Turkey Sausage

Recipe and photo by Tami Ganeles Weiser Yield:  15 servings
Prep Time:  10 minutes Cook Time:  3 hours 30 minutes

Sweet Barbecue Beans with Turkey Sausage

These BBQ-style beans easily feed a crowd and are a guaranteed hit. They are surprisingly low in fat and cholesterol while high in fiber and protein. Their rich flavor will please any meat eater.


16 ounces dried pinto beans, picked over for pebbles and rinsed three times

6 cups vegetable or chicken stock, homemade or commercial low-sodium

1 (28-ounce) can tomato puree, san marzano preferred

1½ cups tomato paste, san marzano preferred

¼ cup Frank’s hot sauce

2 tablespoons sweet paprika, divided

2 teaspoons kosher salt

1 to 2 teaspoons ground cayenne pepper, optional

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 cup mild honey, such as clover, wildflower or orange blossom

2 tablespoons finely grated lemon zest

3 pounds kosher turkey or chicken andouille sausage, sliced crosswise ½-inch thick (see Kitchen Tips)


  1. Combine the beans and stock in a Dutch oven or large pot with a thick, sturdy bottom over high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer covered, about 2 hours.
  2. Add the tomato puree, tomato paste, hot sauce, 1 tablespoon paprika, salt, cayenne, and black pepper. Stir to combine. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, for another hour.
  3. Add the honey, lemon zest, 1 tablespoon paprika and sausage and stir to thoroughly combine. Cover and cook until the beans are tender but not mushy and the sausage is thoroughly cooked through, 25 to 35 minutes.

Kitchen Tips

Andouille sausage is a spiced New Orleans-style sausage that pairs well with tomatoes and beans. Its smokiness imparts an essential flavor to the beans. Turkey andouille is available. The nutritional data will vary from brand to brand, and may vary from our nutritional information. If you choose a vegan sausage version be aware that the texture and taste will be significantly different. It’s helpful to always taste a cooked piece of sausage you plan to use before substituting. Try Jack’s Kosher Gourmet, AviGlatt or jeff’s gourmet( if you live near LA).

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