Spicy Barbecue-and-Bacon Baked Beans

It’s summer time. And summer is good. Summer is better, though, with a big ole plate of spicy barbecue-and-bacon baked beans. These are some of the most flavor-packed beans you’ll find. And talk about easy to make, too! It’s not quite as easy as open a bunch of cans and heat, but it’s close to being that easy. A little time in the oven and you’re ready to devour some tasty beans. Double, triple or quadruple the recipe and you’ve got a great dish for a picnic or family get-together!

Spicy Barbecue-and-Bacon Baked Beans

Much of the flavor in these spicy barbecue-and-bacon baked beans comes from the Ranch style beans. Then along comes a bit of jalapeno spiciness. And just a hint of sweetness. For the BBQ sauce I went with a nice hickory BBQ sauce to add a bit of that outdoorsy flavor.

Also try my peach BBQ beans.

Spicy Barbeque-and-Bacon Baked Beans
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Spicy Barbecue-and-Bacon Baked Beans

Use a hickory BBQ sauce to add a bit of that outdoorsy flavor.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword baked beans, spicy
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 386kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Cook the bacon until about 3/4ths done. I do this in an oven at 350 F for about 30 minutes, but you can also use a skillet on the stove top. Drain.
  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Lightly grease a 9×9 casserole.
  • In a large bowl combine the beans, barbecue sauce, jalapeno, onion, brown sugar and mustard.
  • Stir in the bacon.
  • Pour mixture into the baking dish.
  • Bake 25 minutes or until bubbly hot and the onions are just tender.

Nutrition

Calories: 386kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 1223mg | Potassium: 743mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 41g | Vitamin A: 97IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 105mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Spicy Barbecue-and-Bacon Baked Beans on the Char-Broil Big Easy

It’s summer time. And summer is good. Summer is better, though, with a big ole plate of spicy barbecue-and-bacon baked beans on the Char-Broil Big Easy. These are some of the most flavor-packed beans you’ll find. And talk about easy to make, too! It’s not quite as easy as open a bunch of cans and heat, but it’s close to being that easy. A little time in the oil-less fryer and you’re ready to devour some tasty beans. Double, tripe or quadruple the recipe and you’ve got a great dish for a picnic or family get-together!

Spicy Barbecue-and-Bacon Baked Beans on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Much of the flavor in these spicy barbecue-and-bacon baked beans on the Char-Broil Big Easy comes from the Ranch style beans. Then along comes a bit of jalapeno spiciness. And just a hint of sweetness. For the BBQ sauce I went with a nice hickory BBQ sauce to add a bit of that outdoorsy flavor.

The bunk bed basket lets you double the amount of cooking space you have on your Big Easy. And it’s easy to take in and out of the cooker too!

Use a bunk bed in conjunction with these disposable pans and you’ll be able to make a double-batch of these beans!

Also try my apple pie baked beans on the Char-Broil Big Easy.

Spicy Barbeque-and-Bacon Baked Beans on the Char-Broil Big Easy
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Spicy Barbecue-and-Bacon Baked Beans on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Use a hickory BBQ sauce to add a bit of that outdoorsy flavor.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword baked beans, spicy
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 386kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Cook the bacon until about 3/4ths done. I do this in an oven at 350 F for about 30 minutes, but you can also use a skillet on the stove top. Drain.
  • Fire up your Big Easy.
  • Spray an 8" round disposable Dutch oven pan or use some other pan that will fit into the Big Easy.
  • in large bowl combine beans, barbecue sauce, jalapeno, onion, brown sugar and mustard.
  • Stir in the bacon.
  • Pour mixture into the pan and transfer to the Big Easy basket and into the cooker.
  • Bake 45 minutes or until bubbly hot and the onions are just tender.

Nutrition

Calories: 386kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 1223mg | Potassium: 743mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 41g | Vitamin A: 97IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 105mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Apple Pie Baked Beans on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Note: This recipe was developed using the Char-Broil Big Easy Oil-Less Fryer. If you are cooking using the Char-Broil Smoker-Roaster Grill you should cook with the lid open and the temperature set to High. You might also need to adjust the cooking time.

Oh me. Just thinking back to these apple pie baked beans on the Char-Broil Big Easy has me wanting to make another batch. Now. Right now. In just over an hour I could be enjoying these slightly sweet, flavor-packed beans. And so could a few others, because this recipe makes a big batch.

Apple Pie Baked Beans on the Char-Broil Big Easy

A Bunk Bed Basket makes it even easier

To make these apple pie baked beans on the Char-Broil Big Easy, I needed a few things. First, a Bunk Bed basket. This is the first thing you should buy after getting a Big Easy. It nearly doubles your cooking space and makes sides dishes like this one a breeze. It also makes it easier to add and remove dishes from your cooker. You can fit three baskets in the Big Easy at once, but it takes a good bit of adjusting and luck to make it work.

Next up, I needed pans for the apple pie baked beans on the Char-Broil Big Easy. I recently discovered that Dutch oven line pans fit perfectly. They are 8″ in diameter and have tall sides so they hold a lot of food. They’re great so I ordered a big lot of them. I know I’ll use them up quick because I use my Big Easy a lot.

Also try my spicy barbecue-and-bacon baked beans made on the Big Easy.

Love your Big Easy as much I love mine? Check out my Big Easy Add-Ons page and my free Big Easy eCookbook!

Apple Pie Baked Beans on the Char-Broil Big Easy
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Apple Pie Baked Beans on the Char-Broil Big Easy

I added onion and bacon. These beans are amazing!
Course Side
Cuisine American
Keyword baked beans, Big Easy, Char-Broil
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings 10
Calories 211kcal

Ingredients

For the beans

Optional add-ons

  • bell pepper chopped
  • onion chopped
  • jalapeno slices
  • bacon cooked, chopped
  • garlic minced

Instructions

  • Fire up your Big Easy.
  • Place pie filling into a blender and pulse a few times. You don't want to puree the filling, you just want to chop up the larger pieces of apple. Transfer to a bowl.
  • Add the beans, BBQ sauce and BBQ seasoning plus any add-ons if using. Stir to combine.
  • Divide the bean mixture between two pans (they'll be completely full) and carefully transfer the pans to the Big Easy basket and bunk bed basket.
  • Lower the basket into the Big Easy and cook for 1 hour. If possible, stir the beans every 15 minutes or so. It can be hard to stir the bottom pan. Don't worry if you can't stir they'll be just fine either way. If you've added bell pepper or onion you might want to check if they've cooked to your liking. They might require another 15-30 minutes of cooking time.
  • Once the beans are hot and bubbly remove the basket from the Big Easy.
  • Let cool slightly before carefully removing the pans. Remember the pans are full and aren't rigid. Try to support the bottoms of the pans as you remove them.

Nutrition

Calories: 211kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 667mg | Potassium: 502mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 11IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 84mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

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 (mine’s a Weber) 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.

I usually smoke my sides (and many of my meats) over lighter woods, preferring fruit woods such as apple or cherry.

Also try my peach BBQ beans.

Smoked BBQ Baked Beans
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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.
Course Side
Cuisine American
Keyword baked beans, smoked
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 311kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

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.

Notes

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.

Nutrition

Calories: 311kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 1108mg | Potassium: 598mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 113IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 119mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Smokehouse Beans

The Barbecue! Bible from Steven Raichlen 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
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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
Keyword baked beans, smoked
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 15 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 396kcal

Ingredients

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.

Nutrition

Calories: 396kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 288mg | Potassium: 932mg | Fiber: 13g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 55IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 91mg | Iron: 5mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

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 Beans

You can make these quick fix BBQ 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 I’m reaching for a bottled BBQ sauce, I often go for Sweet Baby Ray’s.

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.

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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.
Course Side
Cuisine American
Keyword barbecue, BBQ, beans
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 78kcal
Author Mike

Ingredients

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.

Nutrition

Calories: 78kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 389mg | Potassium: 127mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 403IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

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 Beans

These tangy pit beans were the perfect side for my smoked habanero meatloaf and cedar planked creamy mashed potato dinner.

You can also cook these beans in a large Dutch oven.

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

Tangy Pit Beans
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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.
Course Side
Cuisine American
Keyword baked beans
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 254kcal
Author Mike

Ingredients

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.

Nutrition

Calories: 254kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 632mg | Potassium: 286mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 52g | Vitamin A: 349IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

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.

This recipe makes a pretty good sized batch, but believe me, it won’t last long. People are going to want seconds if not thirds.

Smoked Baked Beans

If you want a bit of kick to your smoked baked beans, add some roasted, chopped or diced 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. Not everyone has tasso to put on the smoker at the same time as their beans, so reach for hot peppers or hot sauce instead!

I prefer to use fruit or nut woods when I smoke unless I want a heavier smoke flavor. Pecan, apple or cherry are my favorites. I used apple for smoking these beans

Also try my smokehouse beans.

Smoked Baked Beans
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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.
Course Side
Cuisine American
Keyword baked beans, smoked
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 51kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

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.

Nutrition

Calories: 51kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 40mg | Potassium: 111mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 60IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

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 Beans

I 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
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Dinosaur-Style BBQ Beans

These beans are crazy good, thanks mostly to the barbecue sauce and my favorite, crumbled cooked Italian sausage.
Course Side
Cuisine American
Keyword baked beans
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 13
Calories 164kcal

Ingredients

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.

Nutrition

Calories: 164kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 462mg | Potassium: 190mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 152IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

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! Also try my super-easy franks and beans.

Doctored Baked Beans
Doctored Baked Beans
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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!
Course Side
Cuisine American
Keyword baked beans
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 368kcal

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.

Nutrition

Calories: 368kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 1194mg | Potassium: 741mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 94IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 116mg | Iron: 4mg

Nutritional values are approximate.