These easy smoked baked beans take about 5 minutes to whip up, and the end result is a slightly sweet yet savory side dish infused with just the right amount of delicious smoke flavor. This is a smoked side dish recipe you’ll want to have for all your backyard barbecues, cookouts, and even tailgating.
We love hosting backyard barbecues in the Summer, and Game Day get togethers in the Fall.
While the smoked meats are always the star of the show, side dishes flesh out a good meal, which makes them just as important in my book.
If they are easy to throw together and pop in the smoker along with the meat, that’s even better!
These smoked baked beans are quick & easy, and can go into the smoker with your entre making them perfect party food.
These easy baked beans may have a longer ingredients list at first glance, but everything needed is basic- a lot of which you probably already have on hand.
To make them you’ll need:
- Canned Beans – While you can use any generic canned baked beans you enjoy, I highly recommend using ones that are labeled as pork and beans. You’ll need four 15 ounce cans.
- Vegetables – For the aromatics in these beans you’ll need a large green bell pepper, seeded and diced, as well as a small yellow onion, peeled and diced. Any sweet varieties will work well.
- Seasonings – These beans are seasoned with a blend of brown sugar, barbecue rub, onion powder, chili powder, and minced garlic.
- Sauces – A blend of ketchup, barbecue sauce, Dijon mustard, and steak sauce are added to the sauce for a robust flavor infusion.
How To Make
Once you’ve gathered and measured all your ingredients, you’re ready to assemble the smoked baked beans- it takes less than 5 minutes.
Add all of the ingredients to a large mixing bowl. Yes, all of them. Then stir together until everything’s evenly incorporated.
Transfer the baked bean mixture into a cast iron skillet, or an aluminum pan, and spread it out in an even layer.
Preheat your smoker to 250F, then carefully place the pan in the hot smoker.
Let them cook for 3-4 hours, stirring once halfway through.
Three hours is the minimum for good smoked baked beans, but depending on your smoker they could take up to four.
When done, carefully remove the hot tray and let the beans rest for 5-10 minutes.
Then serve warm & enjoy!
What Wood Chips Are Best For Smoking Baked Beans?
Whenever I’m smoking baked beans my first choice is almost always a fruit wood.
Some of my favorites include apple, peach, and cherry.
If you want a more pronounced smoke flavor, use either hickory or oak.
Can These Beans Be Baked?
If you don’t have, or don’t want to use, a smoker bake the beans at 375 degrees for 90 minutes, and you can add a drop or two of liquid smoke to give it that smoke flavor.
Just don’t be too heavy handed with liquid smoke because it is strong.
If you’re unsure about the level of smokiness, you can test them when you stir them halfway through the cook time. Just be careful since they will be HOT.
Other Smoked Side Dish Recipes
A little bit sweet, a little bit smokey, and absolutely delicious- these smoked baked beans will quickly become a staple side dish at all of your cookouts and barbecues.
Looking for other smoked side dish recipes?
- Smoked Creamy Corn Dip With Bacon
- Smoked Deviled Eggs
- Bacon Wrapped Grilled Jalapeno Poppers
- Smoked Corn On The Cob With Honey Butter
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Smoked Baked Beans
- 4 15 oz cans pork and beans
- 1 large green bell pepper seeded & diced
- 1 small yellow onion peeled & diced
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp barbecue rub
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- 1 cup ketchup
- 1 cup barbecue sauce
- 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
- 2 tbsp steak sauce
- Add all of the ingredients to a mixing bowl, then stir until evenly combined.
- Pour the mixture into a cast iron skillet, and spread it out in an even layer.
- Smoke at 250° for 3-4 hours.
- Serve warm & enjoy!