Baked Beans

See the RecipeLaurie Smith

A big pot of beans can be found bubbling at the bottom of many Kansas City barbecue pits, soaking up smoke and collecting drippings from the ribs and briskets sizzling above. Beans like these—tangy and studded with scraps of meat—can be delicious, but the truth is that most places start with canned pork 'n' beans. We went to barbecue master Paul Kirk's mother for the real thing.