Roses in Forest Grove, Oregon

Roses in Forest Grove, Oregon

Monday, August 4, 2014

More info and my baked bean recipe!

More very useful info before I get into another recipe.

You might be asking "OK, so how do I use charcoal with my Dutch oven???"

Some recipes call for using charcoal only under the oven, many call for charcoal both on the lid and under the oven.

Here's a temperature guide:

size of oven        oven temp

                                       350 F        375 F            400 F            425 F          

10"   Total briquettes      16              17                  18                    19                
          top/bottom          11/5            11/7               12/6                 13/6                

12"   Total Briquettes     21               23                 25                     27                
          top/bottom           14/7           16/7              17/8                 18/9              

14"    Total Briquettes    32               34                   36                   38              
          top/bottom          21/11          22/12               24/12            25/13          

16"  Total Briquettes      39               41                  43                   45                  
          top/bottom         26/13           27/14              28/15             29/16        

Now please keep in mind that you'll need an oven thermometer to make sure the temp INSIDE the oven is kept constant, that will mean replacing charcoal as needed.

The recipes I've tried so far are not "BAKING" recipes, they are COOKING recipes... and yes, there is a difference!  Ernie, my mentor is a baker, NOT a "cooker" He bakes breads and the like in his Dutch ovens. I am the "cooker". I haven't tried baking yet, but will!

When I made my first two recipes, I didn't feel it was super important to keep the inner temp constant, I just made sure the beans were simmering. And actually for this second recipe I'm going to post I didn't need to add more coals at all.

Some Dutch oven  users will tell you that a good point to start on the charcoal use is to think of it this way.  "plus 4, minus 4".  That is the size of your oven, 12" for example... so 12 PLUS 4 for the top, and 12 MINUS 4 for the bottom. if it's a 14" oven, 14+4 for the top and 14-4 for the bottom. that would most likely be to retain a 350 F temp inside the oven. But as you can see, this formula differs from the chart above, which is from Camp Chef.

I feel any chart can be used, with a little "tweaking" here and there.  If you get your coals set up and take the internal temp and find it to be too hot, take coals away and if it's not hot enough, put another couple on to get to the desired temp.  You get the idea.

Next is my Baked Bean recipe!

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