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Healthier Alternative to Smoked Meats in Beans?

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Healthier Alternative to Smoked Meats in Beans?

Humbucker | Aug 19, 2007 10:38 PM

I love beans, especially cooked with bacon or ham hocks, but I'm thinking I should seek out some sort of non-smoked/cured meat as my default bean flavoring agent since there's some research that suggests pickled/smoked foods aren't good for you. Anyone have any suggestions for a tasty meat (or even some other creative ingredient) that can provide a warm/meaty flavor to a pot of beans that hasn't been smoked or cured? Do you think naturally stronger tasting meats like duck, goat or turkey dark meat would work well?

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