4th of July Black Fly Bean-Hole Beans

Our annual 4th of July bean hole bean party inspired by The Maine Sportsman for something different, and George Smith’s Wildfire Show creating something with what you have, and in a pinch.

As I look thorough my freezer to see what I have left from hunting season I find some treasures that will braise beyond belief in a bean hole pit all day! What do you think about a one pot bean hole bean pit meal?

I pulled out a bear shank, beaver leg, 4 duck legs, and added 3 woodcocks. (thanks Kat!)

You will need a mixture of hard and soft wood. This will insure fast burning for soft and long burning coals for hard wood. When you have a good foil seal on your cast iron pot and cover secure, you should be insured that beans would have plenty of moisture.

2          pounds Jacob’s Cattle dried beans (great northern, pea beans or your favorite)

16        ounces Baby Bella or Button mushrooms, quartered

2          pounds carrots, chunked

1          beaver leg

1          bear shank

3          woodcocks

4          duck legs

1          whole red onion, peeled

1          cup brown sugar

1          cup molasses

4          tablespoons Raye's Dundicott Hot Mustard

1          tablespoon dry mustard

1          tablespoon Kosher Salt


Pick beans over and remove bad ones. Wash, then soak beans overnight in plenty of water.


Good Morning: Start fire in bean hole. Fill 3/4 full of wood. You need enough burnt coals to be able to bury your bean pot in the middle and cover back up with coals, then dirt.


Fill bean hole 3/4 full of wood and light a fire. You need enough burnt coals to be able to bury your bean pot in the middle and cover back up with coals.


Drain soaked beans. In separate pot, parboil 20 minutes before putting in your large (14 quart cast iron) pot. Drain parboiled beans.


In large cast iron pot that has a handle and flared cover layer mushrooms, carrots, onion, beans meats, brown sugar, molasses, mustards, and salt. Fill bean pot with enough hot water to just cover the beans. Place two heavy-duty aluminum foil sheets between the pot and cover to make a seal. Top with cover.


When fire has burned down to red-hot coals (@ 2-3 hours-more for our bean hole), use a long-handled spade to push coals to one side of the hole. Carefully set pot into hole so it's level (checking first to make sure the lid is on tight), and nestle hot coals on top and around the pot. Cover coals with four to six inches of soil and cook for 7-8 hours. You should see no steam escaping through the dirt.


Shovel off dirt, move coals aside and remove pot. If beans seem dry, make a ½ -inch indentation in center of beans, add a little boiling water, and let it set in before eating.