A BBQ just wouldn’t be the same without Baked Beans and I’m telling you that Smoked Baked Beans are where it’s at! These are thick, smoky, sweet, and have bacon!
My mom makes the very BEST homemade baked beans in the whole world! To be honest, I’ve never really met another baked bean recipe I love as much as hers! Her recipe is sweet and savory, but not spicy at all.
I’ve taken her recipe and added bacon, sometimes pineapple, and threw them on the smoker to make them even better! Trust me, making them from scratch is so much better than just opening a can! It’s easy too!
If you’re going to a barbecue or potluck and need a summer side dish to blow the rest out of the water this is it!
Or, if you’re looking for something to serve with your steaks, burgers, brisket, ribs, pulled pork, or grilled chicken you’re in the right place!
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Ingredients in Baked Beans
This recipe is EASY and uses simple ingredients like canned beans!
Because I live in the middle of nowhere and can’t go to the grocery store I’m going to share suggestions for substituting. Just in case you don’t want to make another trip to the store either!
- Pork and Beans – Any brand of canned beans will work. My favorite is Van Camps. The store brands have too much sauce and not enough beans.
- Brown Sugar – Dark or light, I like dark best. You can also use honey.
- Ketchup – If you don’t have ketchup use BBQ sauce
- Molasses – There’s really not a substitute for this one, but it keeps for a long time!
- Worcestershire – if you don’t have it just skip it.
- Bacon – I really like frying extra and keeping it in the fridge for recipes like this. We also really like using pre-cooked and crumbled storebought bacon. Just make sure it’s real bacon! If you’re really in a pinch you can add sausage or pancetta.
- Cinnamon – You’ll just need a dash, it adds the BEST flavor! Trust me!
- Optional if you want you can add pineapple
How to Smoke Baked Beans
This recipe really is almost as easy as opening a can of beans, but it’s a million times better! Here are are the step by step instructions on how I make ’em!
Scroll to the next section so see all my tips and answers to FAQ’s like what kind of wood to use, how long to cook them, to cover them or not, etc.
STEP 1: Mix all ingredients together. Be gentle so you don’t smash the beans.
STEP 2: Pour into a baking dish. See my notes below about different types of pans and skillet options.
STEP 3: Put them on the smoker. Cook for about 2-3 hours on about 250 degrees.
STEP 4: Add more bacon to the top. Serve hot!
Tips for smoking beans
- What kind of pan to cook them in is up to you. I like disposable aluminum foil pans because you can’t beat how easy the cleanup is. My cast iron skillet is a favorite too. I also have one glass baking dish I use on the smoker.
- How long to smoke beans will depend on what temperature your smoker is set at. Just use whatever temperature your meat is cooking at. Typically it’s around 250 degrees. The beans will need to cook for about 2-3 hours.
- Bake uncovered so they’ll get extra smoky and thick.
- Can I soak beans instead of using canned beans? Yes! But, that’s too much of a hassle for me so I never do it that way!
- These beans can be baked in the oven. You’ll bake them uncovered at 300 degrees for 2 hours.
- Or put them in the Slow Cooker on low for 4-6 hours.
- Electic, Pellet and Wood Smokers will all work great. I have a Traeger
- Cherry, Apple, Alder, Hickory, and Blends are all good varieties of wood to use. Mesquite can over-power the beans, but I use it if I’m already smoking with it.
Other BBQ Side Dish Recipes
These beans are a no brainer when it comes to side dishes! Here are a few more to add to the list! They’re all fantastic served together!
- Greek Yogurt Potato Salad – A light spin on the classic
- The BEST Cornbread – Marie Callendar’s copycat
- KFC Coleslaw – Best made ahead
- Smashed Potatoes – Loaded with cheese and bacon
- Watermelon, Blueberry, and Feta Salad – all the best flavors
- Fresh Fruit Salad – lots of berries!
- Garlic Knots – made with fresh fruit
- Chocolate Banana Cream Pie – no bake
- Peanut Butter Pretzel Cookies – another easy no-bake cookies recipe
Smoked Baked Beans Recipe
Smoked Baked Beans are a barbecue staple! Be sure to add these beans to your next gathering! Trust me! This is going to change your life! It knocks the socks off of opening a can of Bush’s beans and really isn’t a whole lot harder!
Smoked Baked Beans
- 2 15 ounce cans pork and beans
- 4 strips bacon
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 1 Tbsp Worcestershire
- 1 Tbsp molasses
- 1/8 tsp cinnamon
- Heat smoker to 250 degrees.
- Drain most of the juice from the pork and beans. Mix all the ingredients together.
- Put beans in a cast-iron skillet, disposable aluminum baking pan, or another dish that's grills safe. Leave uncovered.
- Set beans in the smoker. Cook for 2-3 hours.
- Remove from smoker. Stir. Top with additional bacon if desired. Serve.