Baked Beans and Cottage Ham

Baked Beans and Cottage Ham takes a Midwest favorite smoked pork shoulder and  slowly cooks it in the oven with rich tomato sauced beans.
Baked Beans and Cottage Ham

Baked Beans and Cottage Ham

By Sue  Lau |  Palatable Pastime

Baked Beans and Cottage Ham  is my recipe of the  day with  the  blogging group  Improv Cooking Challenge. We’ve been challenged to put  some  pork and  molasses together.

I had a cottage  ham sitting  in the  fridge and a couple cans of baked beans so had it.  Pork and  beans….deluxe.

Cottage hams are also known as smoked butts. They are very similar to ham but come from  a different  place on  the  pig.  The  shoulder is often known for being the meat in pulled pork. However,  this cottage ham is small and smoked without the benefit  of becoming barbecue.

Baked Beans and Cottage Ham

My husband’s  family was big on  making the cottage ham as he grew up.  They had a small family  so  it made do as a ham. My family a little bigger so we  didn’t really have these. But after  getting  married, my family  was small so  I took  this up  as a cooking item. They can be as versatile as you like.

I do  enjoy dropping them into some  doctored beans and  making  it  into  a supper. Some corn bread and a salad rounds out  the  simple meal. Later,  in  small portions,  the leftovers make a great side dish for  things  like barbecue, burgers, and more. Or if you have a need for lots of side, skip the main dish part and just go for  making this your side dish.

Baked Beans and Cottage Ham

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Baked Beans and Cottage Ham

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Baked Beans and Cottage Ham

Baked Beans and Cottage Ham

Sue Lau
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs 45 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6

Equipment

  • Dutch oven or deep oven safe pot with llid

Ingredients
  

  • 3 pound smoked bone-in pork shoulder picnic (cottage ham)
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 green bell pepper (chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon each salt and black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 28 ounces canned baked beans

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 325F.
  • Saute the onion, celery and bell pepper in the oil in a small skillet until softened.
  • Stir those in a mixing bowl with all other ingredients except cottage ham.
  • Place bean mix in a dutch oven and put the cottage ham on top, fatty side up if possible.
  • Cover and bake for 2.5 hours or so or until thick.
  • Slice ham pieces off the bone and serve on beans or stir in, whichever you prefer; discarding the bone.

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2 responses

  1. Thanks for the introduction to cottage ham. I have never heard of that nor seen it in the stores. I will keep an eye out. Love the ham and beans combination. Yum.

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