Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Serious Beans-ness - Buckin' Buffalo Beans

Serious Bean Co Buckin'  Buffalo Beans - Walmart
Just a quickie review for today. Like last time, I forgot to take an open can bean picture, but I don't think any of you are missing out. Just imagine normal baked beans, but redder.
So, will these beans kick your next BBQ up a notch? 
First impressions? Oddly thick. I opened the can, turned it over the pot on my stove and...nothing. Gave it a few shakes, still nothing. I looked inside and all the beans and buffalo-based sauce were stuck in a semi-solid cylindrical brick. I had to grab a spoon and, being frugal and hating to waste even a single bean, I grabbed a mini rubber scrapper to get the rest. I have never in my life seen canned beans this thick, and I have no idea if that is a good or a bad thing. 
After everything got a chance to heat up on the stove the sauce loosened a bit and the mixture started to look more like usual, except significantly more red and a little on the dry side. The kitchen started to smell like hot sauce (which I consider to be a good thing.) 
Once cooked, the sauce was still noticeably thicker than your typical baked bean fare but they looked pretty normal. Just red. I took a bite, and it lived up to my expectations as far as the buffalo flavoring was concerned, but due to the thickness of the sauce I found the beans themselves to be oddly dry. The taste is exactly what you'd expect. These are baked beans that are cooked in bright red buffalo sauce, it's a medium heat level with a slight vinegary tang towards the end. I liked these, but not as much as I thought I would due to how dry they were. Since they were really dry right out of the can, I don't know what I could have done in the heating-up process to fix that.  
Serious Bean Co has really fun branding, and seemingly great ideas, but the execution is lacking. After trying both these, and the Dr. Pepper beans I can honestly say I'm disappointed in them as a brand, BUT I see a silver lining here. If I were to take a can of these and a can of the Dr. Pepper beans and mix them together, I think they'd be amazing.   
Our local pizza shop offers sweet and sassy wings, which I think are a combination of buffalo sauce and honey but I'm not entirely sure. With the Dr. Pepper beans being too sweet and syrupy and these beans being too dry, I think combining the two would create a delicious sweet n' sassy baked bean that would pair nicely with all kinds of grilled food. The only downside? Combining both cans is a lot of baked beans. Too much for my household since I'm pretty much the only one who eats them. Maybe I'll give that a shot at our next BBQ and let you know if the results are as good as I expect. 
For now, I'd say these buffalo beans are about C- worthy as-is, and wouldn't recommend them unless you like your buffalo wings and beans extremely dry.   
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