Bush's Grillin' Beans Giveaway

By Bob on October 1, 2010 6:32 AM

In Texas, grillin' (nobody down here calls it grilling) isn't just a way of preparing food. No. It's an art that borders on religion or even something more sacred, like FOOTBALL. Yeah, we take it seriously.


That's why I was thrilled when the good folks at Bush's Beans asked us if we'd try their new Black Bean Fiesta Grillin' Beans and Texas Ranchero Grillin' Beans - along with a couple of recipes from famous Ft. Worth chef Tim Love.



Win one of five FREE PRIZE PACKS containing free Bush's Beans, BBQ Tools and an AMEX gift card. Contest ends Oct. 7. Read on for details.

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Know what Bob had to say about that? Hold the weddin'...you had me at BEANS.


Then Bush's said, "How'd you like it if we gave away some Free beans, BBQ tools and AMEX Gift Cards?!"


That's when my head almost exploded like that guy in Scanners and I yelled, "THANKS" and fired up the BEAST (my pet name for my backyard grill) and got to grillin'.    


Tim Love's Skin-On Chicken Breast

1 gallon of water

½ cup salt

1 tablespoon chili flakes

3 garlic cloves

¼ cup sugar

4 medium chicken breasts with skin

Paper towels

3 tablespoons minced garlic

¼ cup chili powder

¼ cup peanut oil

Kosher salt


1 can (21 ounces) BUSH'S Black Bean Fiesta Grillin' Beans


Combine water, salt, chili flakes, garlic cloves and sugar in a container. Mix until salt and sugar dissolve. Add chicken breasts to mixture; cover and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.


Remove chicken from marinade and pat dry with paper towels. Combine minced garlic and chili powder in a small bowl, add peanut oil and mix together. Rub chicken breasts with chili powder mixture and lightly season each breast with salt and pepper.


With grill heated to at least 350 degrees, place chicken breasts on grill, searing each side for 9 to 11 minutes. Cook breast skin side down first, searing it until skin is crispy brown. Move chicken to warm side of grill (not directly over hot coals) and finish cooking for 13 to 16 minutes, until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit (juices should run clear).


Serve with one can (21 ounces) BUSH'S Black Bean Fiesta Grillin' Beans.


What We Liked

I marinated the chicken the night before, so the actual prep time before cooking took only about 15 minutes. It's a dish I could do after a busy day slaving away in the Blogosphere.


How It Tasted

Delicious! The minced garlic and chili powder combined with a little peanut oil kept the chicken moist and tender. It had just enough spice to please our Texas tongues. Charlotte has crowned this her new backyard chicken favorite - suitable by itself, or as the starring ingredient in her spicy chicken dip!


How 'bout the Sides?

Charlotte and I have been eating more black beans lately and Bush's Black Bean Fiesta Grillin' Beans were the perfect complement to the tender chicken.


A couple of nights later, I fired up the Beast again and tried another Tim Love recipe.


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Tim Love's Grilled Beef Skirt Steak with Citrus


2 pounds beef outside skirt

  steak, clean


Dry Rub:

2 tablespoons minced fresh


2 tablespoons minced fresh


4 tablespoons chili powder

2 tablespoons ground cumin

2 tablespoons kosher salt

2 tablespoons cracked black


¼ cup peanut oil

2 lemons, cut in half


1 can (21 ounces) BUSH'S Texas Ranchero Grillin' Beans


Bring meat to room temperature. Light the grill and bring to 350 degrees. Combine rosemary, thyme, chili powder, cumin, kosher salt and black pepper to make dry rub. Rub meat with peanut oil. Season well with dry rub.


With grill heated to at least 350 degrees, place meat on grill for 4 minutes a side for medium rare. Just before the meat is done, squeeze lemon all over the steak while still on the grill. Check temperature with a thermometer; remove from grill when the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit. To serve, slice meat across the grain.


Serve with one can (21 ounces) BUSH'S Texas Ranchero Grillin' Beans.


What We Liked

We're used to having our skirt steak served as fajitas, but the dry rub with the fresh rosemary and thyme turned this into a whole new experience. Again, prep time was about 15 minutes, so it's doable during the week. 


How It Tasted

Another home run! The chili powder, cumin and peanut oil kept the beef spicy and moist. Charlotte's not a big steak eater, but this recipe won her over with the spicy - but not too hot - flavor.


How 'bout the Sides?

Bush's Texas Ranchero Grillin' Beans are simmered with mild jalapeno peppers in a chili sauce. I can't imagine a better side for Tim's skirt steak. 


Win A Bush's Beans Grillin' Prize Package!


Bush's is showing some Boomer love by offering five prize packs. Five lucky winners will receive a package that contains:

  • Four coupons for free cans of Bush's Grillin' Beans
  • $25 AMEX Gift Card
  • Weber BBQ Accessories 3-Piece Stainless Steel Tool Set  

Register to win by emailing enter@boomerbrief.com and put the words Bush's Grillin' Beans in the subject line. Hurry, promotion ends Oct. 7.




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