Savor these Smoked Baked Beans, a tantalizing twist on an old favorite. With mouthwatering chunks of thick-cut bacon and a robust mixture of onion, garlic, and a savory medley of pork and beans, this dish is bursting with smoky goodness. It’s all slowly simmered in a Dutch oven on a smoker, enhancing each ingredient’s flavor with a subtle smoky nuance. Comfort food never tasted so good!
Smoked baked beans are one of the easiest side dishes ever! Baked beans are a classic dish that everyone loves. Making them in the smoker gives them a delicious and subtle smoky flavor.
If you’re hosting a game-day party or summer cook out, try making your baked beans in the smoker instead of the oven.
This recipe is just the right balance of sweet and savory with a wonderful smokey flavor added in the mix. They truly are the most delicious baked beans. We love to throw a batch of these in the smoker while we grill up some ribeyes or chicken legs. They’re great with burgers and brisket too.
You’re going to love these perfect smoked baked beans!
Why You’ll Love this Smoked Baked Beans Recipe
- You only need about 15 minutes to prep this dish and pop it into the smoker!
- This is a set and forget recipe. Stop every 30 minutes to give the beans a quick stir, but then you can get back to whatever you need to do.
- Baked beans are a crowd favorite that will go great at any party or cook out!
Ingredients for Smoked Baked Beans
- Pork and beans – If you’re not a fan of pork and beans, you can use a different type of canned baked beans.
- Molasses – Molasses gives these beans a rich and deeply sweet flavor. So delicious!
- BBQ sauce – Make your own homemade BBQ sauce or grab your favorite BBQ sauce from the grocery store.
- Yellow mustard – Yellow mustard adds a slight tang to these incredible smoked baked beans with bacon.
- Minced garlic – Freshly minced garlic is truly one of the best things you can add to savory dishes. Add some minced garlic to these tasty beans for even more depth of flavor.
- Light brown sugar – If you don’t have light brown sugar, dark brown sugar will work just perfectly.
- Onion – We recommend using yellow onion or white onion for their more mild flavor profile.
- Thick cut bacon – We like using thick cut applewood smoked bacon in this recipe.
How to Make Smoked Baked Beans
Preheat the smoker to 250 degrees Fahrenheit and preheat your dutch oven on the stove top over medium heat.
Add chopped thick cut bacon to the preheated dutch oven and cook until it begins to brown. Place the diced onion and minced garlic into the dutch oven and coat in the rendered bacon fat.
Cook until the onions soften and become translucent. Remove from the heat and add the remaining ingredients to the dutch oven.
Stir until thoroughly combined. Then, place the dutch oven into the preheated smoker and cook for 2 hours.
Stir the beans every 30 minutes while they cook.
Once finished, remove the beans from the smoker and serve while warm.
What to serve with Smoked Baked Beans
Baked beans go with really anything! They’re a classic dish to serve at your cook-outs and get togethers. Serve smoked bbq beans with smoked chicken thighs or the best burgers ever. They go great with beer brats, ham, and Blackstone sliders too!
How to Store Leftover Smoked Baked Beans
FRIDGE: Spoon leftovers into an airtight container and allow them to cool completely. Then store in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
FREEZER: After allowing the beans to cool in an airtight container, store in the freezer for up to 3 months. Allow to thaw before reheating.
How to Reheat Leftover Baked Beans
To reheat, place leftovers in a sauce pan on the stove top and heat over medium heat or in the microwave in a microwave safe bowl in thirty second increments, stirring after each one, until warmed through.
What can I use if a I don’t have a dutch oven?
If you don’t have a dutch oven, you can make these baked beans in an aluminum pan covered with foil. Cook the bacon, onions and minced garlic in a frying pan and then transfer to an aluminum pan. Add the rest of the ingredients, stir well and then smoke according to the instructions.
- Scoop the bottom of the dutch oven each time you stir the beans so that all of the ingredients get thoroughly incorporated together.
- If you want more flavor, add some red bell peppers into the mix when you are cooking the onions.
- Want a little kick? Add some red pepper, chipotle pepper, and/or use spicy brown mustard instead of yellow mustard.
These incredible smoked baked beans with bacon are so easy, you’ll never want to make baked beans any other way!
More Easy Side Dishes You’ll Love
- Don’t have a smoker? Make these BBQ Baked Beans on the Grill instead!
- These Seasoned Smoked Potatoes have an amazing flavor and don’t take long to make!
- Need some healthy side dish options? Check out our recipe for Grilled Cauliflower.
- Spice up taco Tuesday with this yummy Smoked Salsa.
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- 6 strips thick cut bacon chopped
- 1 small onion chopped
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 2 cans Pork and Beans 28 ounces each
- ¼ cup light brown sugar
- 2 Tablespoons molasses
- ½ cup BBQ sauce
- 2 Tablespoons yellow mustard
- Set up the smoker to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Preheat the dutch oven to medium heat on your stove top.
- Add the chopped bacon to the dutch oven and cook until it starts to brown.
- Add onion and garlic to the bacon and stir to coat in the rendered fat.
- Cook until the onions have softened then remove from the heat.
- Add the remaining ingredients to the dutch oven and stir to combine.
- Place the dutch oven on the preheated smoker at 250 degrees Fahrenheit and cook for 2 hours. Stir beans every 30 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and serve while warm.