Smoked BBQ Baked Beans

Let’s get the obvious out of the way first. Double this recipe. And if you have a lot of leftover smoked pulled pork (or brisket) laying around, quadruple the recipe. Because these smoked BBQ baked beans are fantastic you’ll want to make as much as will fit on your smoker at one time. I got this fantastic (and easy) recipe and many others from Brother Jimmy’s BBQ: More than 100 Recipes. If you’re a fan of smoking and grilling, you need Brother Jimmy’s now.

Smoked BBQ Baked Beans

Just about any smoked meat will work just fine in these smoked BBQ baked beans. I prefer brisket or pulled pork, but chicken and turkey are good too. This is an excellent way to use up leftover (or not leftover) meats.

Also try my peach BBQ beans.

Smoked BBQ Baked Beans

Note: You can make this dish in the oven. Just bake at 350 F for 20 minutes or until hot and bubbly. I recommend that you use a smoky BBQ sauce if making in the oven.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 32 ounce can pork and beans, undrained
  • 1 cup leftover smoked pork butt cubed or shredded
  • 1/2 cup your favorite BBQ sauce
  • 1 tablespoon molasses

Instructions

  • Fire up your smoker for smoking at 225 F.
  • Heat the oil in a medium saucepan. Add the onion and saute for 5 minutes.
  • Combine the onion and remaining ingredients in a medium disposable aluminum pan.
  • Transfer to your smoker and smoke for 45 minutes-1 hour or until hot and bubbly, stirring occasionally.

Smokehouse Beans

Steven Raichlen’s The Barbecue! Bible is always a go-to book for me on all things barbecued. It is crammed full of so many fantastic recipes that I make time and time again. Like these smokehouse beans. They are so easy to make (with items I always have in my pantry or fridge) but come out just divine. Don’t waste your money on the canned version when you can make delicious BBQ beans on your smoker in less than 4 hours.
Smokehouse Beans

If you’re not a fan of liquid smoke, feel free to leave it out. But you’ll want to make up for it by making sure that your smoker is producing a good bit of smoke, so add a few extra chunks of wood if you do. Using double-smoked bacon will also add more fantastic smoke flavor.

You can also make smokehouse beans on a grill. Just use indirect heat. If you’re using a gas grill you might want to add a few chunks of wood to a wood box. If you don’t have one, that’s ok. The liquid smoke will still give you that smokehouse flavor.

Also try my peach BBQ beans.

Smokehouse Beans

These smokehouse beans are so easy to make but come out just divine. Don't waste your money on canned barbecue beans. These are so much better.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Servings 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 8 slices thin-cut bacon cut into 1/4" pieces
  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 30 ounces canned kidney beans rinsed, drained
  • 15 ounces canned black beans rinsed, drained
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup bottled barbecue sauce
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon dry mustard
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1/2 cup beer plus more, if needed
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Fire up your smoker for cooking at 225 F. I used plenty of hickory wood because I wanted a good amount of smoke flavor.
  • Cook the bacon pieces in a large pot or Dutch oven. Drain all but 2 tablespoons of the fat (optional).
  • Add the onion and garlic. Stir and cook until starting to soften, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the remaining ingredients. Transfer to a disposable pan and onto the smoker.
  • Smoke 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally. If the beans get too thick, stir in a bit more beer.

Quick Fix BBQ Beans

Why grab a can of pre-made BBQ beans at the store when you can make your own in no time at all. Sure, I’ve made scratch baked beans before (on the smoker and they were fantastic!). These aren’t those beans. Quick to fix, these BBQ beans still pack in the flavor.
quick-fix-bbq-beansYou can make these beans taste however you like just by changing which BBQ sauce you add. From smoky to spicy, you can’t go wrong. And speaking of spicy, for a little extra kick add a few sliced jalapenos. And for extra crunch, chop half of a medium sweet onion and toss that in too. You really cannot make a boo-boo when you make these beans.

If you have more time, try making my best BBQ beans on the planet (really, they are), Dinosaur-style BBQ beans, Peach BBQ beans, slow cooker beans and wieners and Tangy Pit Beans.

Quick Fix BBQ Beans

Course Side
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 1/2 large red or green bell pepper chopped
  • 2 15 ounce cans pinto beans, rinsed, drained
  • 1 cup your favorite BBQ sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 F.
  • Combine all ingredients and pour into an 8" x 8" baking dish that has been sprayed with non-stick spray.
  • Bake for 45 minutes.
  • Let cool slightly before serving as the sauce will be very hot.

Tangy Pit Beans

After I finish writing this post I will curl up in front of a big bowl of these tangy pit beans and go to town on them. I love baked beans, and this is a very, very good variation on the theme. They are not boring. They have just the right amount of tang. And since this recipe makes a big batch, it’s a great dish to take to a pitch-in or family picnic.
Tangy Pit BeansThese tangy pit beans were the perfect side for my smoked habanero meatloaf and cedar planked creamy mashed potato dinner.

If you’re in a hurry but still want great BBQ beans, try my quick fix version.

Tangy Pit Beans

Course Side
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 12 -14 servings
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons prepared yellow mustard
  • 3 cups ketchup
  • 1 cup diced sweet onion
  • 1 medium green bell pepper chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons BBQ rub I used our Memphis Rib Rub
  • 2 15 ounce cans pork and beans
  • 2 15 1/2 ounce cans red kidney beans, rinsed, drained
  • 1 15 1/2 ounce can chili beans
  • 1 15 1/2 ounce can large butter beans, rinsed, drained
  • 1 15 1/2 ounce can pinto beans, rinsed, drained
  • 4-5 strips of bacon

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F. You can also make these beans on your smoker at 250 F, but you'll have to increase the cook time to 3 hours.
  • Whisk together the mustard and ketchup in a large bowl.
  • Stir in the onion, pepper, sugar, honey, and rub.
  • Add the beans, and slowly and gently fold in to mix well.
  • Pour mixture into a deep 9" x 13" baking ban.
  • Add bacon to top of beans and cover with foil.
  • Bake for 45 minutes.
  • Remove foil and bake another 15 minutes.
  • Let rest 15 minutes before serving.

Smoked Baked Beans

Man, these smoked baked beans are just flat out insanely good. You could make them in the oven, but it’s the smoky flavor that just makes these beans outstanding. They’re even better if you add a few chunks of smoked pork or beef.Smoked Baked BeansThis recipe makes a pretty good sized batch, but believe me, it won’t last long. People are going to want seconds if not thirds.

If you want a bit of kick to your beans, add some roasted jalapenos or a couple dashes of hot sauce. I cooked mine on a rack beneath some Tasso ham, which has a heavy dose of cayenne on it. All that spicy goodness dripped down into the beans giving them a really great kick. I made sure that the beans got hot enough that I didn’t have to worry if the ham drippings were fully cooked or not.

Smoked Baked Beans

Course Side
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes
Servings 8 -12 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 28 ounce cans Bush's Original Baked Beans
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon prepared yellow mustard
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 3 teaspoons molasses
  • 1 Vidalia sweet onion chopped
  • 1 medium green bell pepper chopped

Instructions

  • Fire up your smoker for cooking at 250 F.
  • Pour the beans into 9" x 13" aluminum pan.
  • Stir in the remaining ingredients.
  • Place onto the smoker and cook for 2 hours or until the vegetables are somewhat tender, stirring occasionally.

Dinosaur-Style BBQ Beans

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que is a small chain of BBQ restaurants in the northeast, and now, also in Chicago. If these dinosaur-style BBQ beans are any indication of how good their food is, it’s a place well worth visiting. These beans are crazy good, thanks mostly to the barbecue sauce and my favorite, crumbled cooked Italian sausage.

Dinosaur-Style BBQ BeansI recently started adding Italian sausage to my chili recipes. The Italian sausage adds a fantastic flavor and texture to the chili, just like it does to these dinosaur-style BBQ beans. You can use spicy sausage to kick things up even more. Of course, you can also add leftover chopped, cubed shredded pulled pork or smoked brisket (yum!).

Dinosaur-Style BBQ Beans

Course Side
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 large white or sweet onion chopped
  • 3/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 2 28 ounce cans Bush's Original baked beans
  • 3/4 cup your favorite BBQ sauce I used Weber Kick'N Spicy
  • 1 tablespoon Creole or Spicy Brown mustard
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Creole seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon molasses

Instructions

  • Heal olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.
  • Add the onion and bell pepper along with a pinch each of salt and pepper. Cook until soft.
  • Add the garlic and cook for another minute.
  • Crumble the sausage into the pan and cook until done. Drain any excess fat.
  • Add the beans and stir.
  • Reduce heat to low.
  • Add remaining ingredients. Stir and simmer for 5 minutes.

Doctored Baked Beans

There’s nothing wrong with a can of baked beans. Except I find them to be rather boring.  So, I took a recipe from Amy’s Cooking Adventures and bam! Great doctored baked beans from a can!Doctored Baked BeansAlso try my super-easy franks and beans.

Doctored Baked Beans

Course Side
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Heat a skillet over high heat and cook the bacon until done. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate.
  • Reduce the heat to medium high. Remove all but 1 tablespoon of the bacon drippings.
  • Add the onion and jalapeno and saute until starting to soften.
  • Add the beans, ketchup and mustard, Crumble in the bacon and stir.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low and cook for 20 minutes.

Easy Baked Beans and Smoked Sausage

We had one of those odd cool days the other day. Not too cool, but enough to put me in nesting mode. And that means stick-to-your-ribs food for dinner. So I threw together something super simple – easy baked beans and smoked sausage with a little corn bread on the side.Easy Baked Beans and Smoked SausageI’ll be making this again this fall. As much as I hate to kiss summer goodbye, I sure love those fall meals. Easy baked beans and smoked sausage not only fills you up, it’ll keep you warm on those cool fall days for sure.

Also try my easy-to-make cowboy beans.

Easy Baked Beans and Smoked Sausage

Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 6
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 1 pound smoked sausage kielbasa works fine too, cut into 1/2" thick coins
  • 1/2 medium white onion chopped
  • 1/2 green bell pepper chopped
  • 1 jalapeno peppers diced
  • 1 55 ounce can Bush's Baked Beans
  • 1 8 ounce can of pineapple chunks, drained
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup ketchup plus more
  • 1 tablespoon dry mustard

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Lightly brown the sausage in a Dutch oven or large skillet. Remove
  • Saute the onion, bell pepper and jalapeno pepper until tender.
  • Combine the beans, pineapple, brown sugar, ketchup and dry mustard in a large bowl. Stir in the sausage, peppers, onion, and jalapeno. Pour into a 9x9 baking pan.
  • Bake for 1 hour. Check and stir after 30 minutes. If the mixture is too dry, add a few squirts of ketchup, stir, and continue baking.