Easy to make smoked baked beans are infused throughout with rich, wood smoke flavor. Cook alongside other dishes on the smoker or alone.
Everyone will love these Smoker Beans with Bacon and they stir up in just minutes. They’re super versatile and can cook at lower or higher temperatures depending on what else you’ve got on the smoker.
How to get that smoky flavor throughout
If you just placed the dish on the smoker and let it cook like we do with our traditional Baked Beans recipe you’ll get smoke flavor just on the surface. There’s nothing wrong with that, but for beans that are truly permeated with smoky goodness you’ll need to stir.
Stirring brings different beans and sauce to the surface allowing more of the dish to be exposed to the smoke.
How to make it
We generally follow the same steps as in our Baked Beans that cook in the oven, which are:
- Cook bacon that has been cut into small pieces in a cast iron skillet. In the case of these smoked beans we usually like to partially cook 3 full slices of bacon to go on the top too, but you can skip that if you like. They’ll go on the beans after the last stirring on the smoker.
- Cook diced onions in the bacon grease until limp and transluscent.
- Stir everything else in the skillet right on top of the stove.
- Place the skillet on the smoker at a temperature anywhere from 225 degrees to 375 degrees.
- Stir occasionally, but at least every 20 minutes. If cooking at higher temps you’ll want to stir more often – like every 10 minutes.
- When the beans are nearly the consistency you like (a little “wetter”) lay the bacon strips on top and smoke for the final 10-20 minutes.
These beans had gone on the smoker at the same time as the bbq pork which was cut into small pieces to get more outside “bark”.
Tips and Tricks
- If you’re short on time you can skip the bacon-cooking step and use bacon recipe pieces that you’ve bought. We prefer those over the “bits” because they’re just too small.
- Make sure your cast iron skillet is well seasoned since this is a somewhat acidic dish. It won’t hurt to wipe it with oil first, but if you cook the bacon in it you’ll be fine.
- Any wood that you’re using to smoke other food is fine. Our favorites are apple and pecan.
- A cast iron skillet holds up best to the heat and smoke, but you can use disposable aluminum pans. Just keep in mind that they’re uninsulated and the beans will cook faster.
- Like a really bold smoke flavor? You can always add a few drops of liquid smoke, but use it sparingly. That stuff is strong!
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Items you may need
As mentioned above we highly recommend using a cast iron skillet. This 10 inch Lodge pan is the one we have.
That’s about it really. This recipe for your soon-to-be-favorite smoked side dish is easy and straightforward.
What to serve your beans with
A favorite of ours is to have them with ham. This Smoked Ham on the Big Green Egg is one of our most popular posts and the beans can cook alongside it perfectly!
It just goes without saying that any self respecting southerner is going to serve baked beans with barbeque pork, right? Of course, they’re also perfect with burgers and any type of grilled chicken. Head over here to check out all of our Grilled Favorites.
Smoked Baked Beans
- 6 strips bacon 3 strips cut into small pieces
- 1 small-medium onion diced
- 2 28 ounce cans Bush's Best Homestyle or Original Baked Beans drain off about half of liquid.
- 1 Tablespoon yellow mustard
- 1 Tablespoon worcestershire sauce
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 2-3 Tablespoons barbecue sauce
- ½-1 teaspoon black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper optional
- Cook chopped bacon in skillet over medium heat until done and crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon leaving baon grease in 10 inch cast iron skillet. Bacon slices can be cooked along with pieces, but removed when almost done.
- Cook diced onion in bacon grease until transluscent and limp, about 8-10 minutes.
- Stir remaining ingredients (including bacon pieces) into skillet and mix well.
- Cook on smoker at 225 – 375 degrees, stirring gently every 10-20 minutes. When mixture is slightly more liquid than desired top with bacon and cook for last 10-20 minutes period or until desired consistency.