you can buy smoke in a bottle, but I am afraid of that.. it's really easy to get too much.
I would put the smoked sausage in the pan and boil it for a while. chop it up small if you don't want a piece.. or add some smokey bacon. I usually always add some salt pork, but smoky bacon would be good too.
Popeye's Red Beans and Rice are my favorite! I also posted and inquiry about this subject and got some interesting responses that you might find interesting... http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/683638/ I'm going to stop at Safeway and see if they carry the Glory brand here. Thanks for the tip.
I too love Popeye's red beans and rice,and after reading this thread tried the Glory brand of red beans n rice. I found that they were the nearest to the Popeye's in flavor, but was just a little salty for my taste. I plan to try to cook my own. Thanks for the suggestions about the smoked sausage and bacon.
I dunno.. though I was raised in Texas and Mississippi where it's only 70 mi from New Orleans.. and Monday is rice and beans day still. Literally, in the schools they still do rice and beans on Mondays, when confronted with a choice between red beans and something else.. I choose something else.
I try and cook pintos at least once a week, as we live with my folks and my job is cooking the main meals. I like them.. sometimes even love them, but I never order them out.