Barbecue is one of the signature foods of Tennessee, and the side dish most likely to be served with ribs or pulled pork is beans. The Bush family–no, not those Bushes–of East Tennessee have been serving canned beans for 100 years. Here are some cans from the 1920s.
Bush Brothers has its corporate office in Knoxville and factories in Augusta, Wisconsin and Chestnut Hill, Tennessee. The latter is in Jefferson County just east of Newport. This article in the Mountain Press states that the Tennessee plant ships 25 million cases of canned beans and other vegies every year.
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