Saturday, August 1, 2020

Smoked Baked Beans + Video

Smoked baked beans is the first of our smoker recipes! These tender beans with bacon are the perfect side dish! Make this recipe using any smoker.

Smoked baked beans in a cast iron pan 

These smoked bbq beans are one of our favorite summer side dishes. But, summer parties are the perfect time to bring along a variety of dishes.

Have you had a chance to try our Corn and Black Bean Tortellini Salad? It's a simple recipe that kicks up the traditional salsa to a whole new level.

Or, you might want to try these Italian Style Crockpot Beans. The flavor is absolutely incredible.

easy baked beans recipe ingredients

How to Make Smoked Baked Beans

After preheating your smoker and choosing your favorite wood, you simply combine the ingredients in a pan. I prefer to use a cast iron pan.

But, you can also use a Dutch Oven if you want to. Or, if you are cooking for a crowd, you can use a disposable aluminum pan.

Place your pan in the smoker and cook for about three hours. You will stir every hour and cook until the sauce has thickened and the beans are cooked.

If you're new to smoker recipes, this smoked baked beans recipe is a simple dish to get started with.

How can I make this without a smoker?

This recipe can be prepared in a slow cooker but will not have that smoked flavor. Cook it on HIGH for 3 hours or LOW for 6 hours. 

You can bake this recipe in the oven but it will not have that smoked flavor. Bake it at 400°F for 55-60 minutes until the sauce thickens.

smoked baked beans - mix and stir 

Frequently asked questions

What beans are used in baked beans?

Baked beans are usually made from haricot beans. Another name for haricot beans is navy beans. You can find them either dried or in a can at the grocery store.

Can I use homemade baked beans?

This recipe starts with two cans of already prepared baked beans. If you would prefer to make baked beans from scratch, you can do that as well.

Just be careful what seasonings you use so that they do not overwhelm the smoke flavor.

easy baked beans recipe on the smoker 

How long does it take to smoke beans?

This smoked baked beans recipe takes about three hours to make in your smoker. You will need to check it every hour.

The exact time you need really depends on the type of smoker you have. The baked beans are done when the sauce has thickened and the beans are heated all the way through.

What type of bacon do I add to baked beans?

I prefer my bacon to be cooked but not crispy. To bake bacon: lay slices of bacon on a foil-lined baking pan. 

Place the pan in the cold oven, turn the heat to 400°F and bake for 8-10 minutes. 

The length of time will vary based on the thickness of your bacon (thick-cut takes longer). Chop up the cooked bacon and refrigerate until ready to use.

smoked baked beans recipe in the smoker 

What you need to make Smoked Baked Beans

What about leftovers?

We eat these so quickly that we very rarely have any leftovers to store. But, you can put them in the refrigerator for another day if you do.

Store your smoked baked beans in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 5-7 days. If you would prefer to freeze them, you can do that as well.

To freeze baked beans, let the beans come to room temperature. Then, transfer them to an airtight container.

They will keep for 2-3 months.

To reheat your baked beans, just heat them in a pan on the stove until they are warmed through.

Or, you can heat them in the microwave. They are just as delicious the following day as the first time.

smoked baked beans - stir every hour

Other baked bean recipes to make

Have you had a chance to try my other baked bean recipes?

These BBQ Baked Beans are a family favorite, with a recipe so easy it comes together in less than minutes.

Or, my Slow Cooker Baked Beans are an easy recipe with bold flavors. I cook them for hours in molasses, brown sugar, veggies, smoky spices, and bacon.

Enjoy!

With love from our simple kitchen to yours. 

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Watch us make the baked beans recipe

Check out the recipe video to see the entire process of making smoked baked beans from start to finish. 



Yield: 8
Author: Donna Elick
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Smoked Baked Beans

Smoked Baked Beans

Smoked baked beans is the first of our smoker recipes! These tender beans with bacon are the perfect side dish! Make this recipe using any smoker.
Prep time: 5 Minutes Cook time: 3 HoursTotal time: 3 Hours & 5 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 (28-ounce) cans Bush's original baked beans (or 4 (15.5-ounce) cans)
  • 2 (14-ounce) cans kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce (I used KC Masterpiece)
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 (7-ounce) can fire-roasted diced chiles (I used Macayo’s)
  • 1 cup A&W root beer
  • 1 pound regular cut bacon, cooked and chopped (1/2-3/4” pieces)

Instructions

  1. Preheat your smoker to 225°F. Choose your favorite wood, I am using my favorite blend of oak, maple and hickory on my pellet smoker.
  2. Combine the ingredients in a cast iron pan or aluminum pan (I used a 9x12-half steam table pan), whatever you prefer to cook on your smoker with.
  3. Place your pan on your smoker. Keep in mind the closer to the heat source, the faster they will cook. I like to keep my beans closer to the heat source when possible.
  4. Smoke for 3 hours, gently stirring every hour, or until the sauce has thickened and the beans are heated through. If the sauce gets too thick, you can stir in some more root beer to thin it out.
DONNA'S NOTES
  1. I prefer my bacon to be cooked but not crispy. To bake bacon: lay slices of bacon on a foil-lined baking pan. Place the pan in the cold oven, turn the heat to 400°F and bake for 8-10 minutes. The length of time will vary based on the thickness of your bacon (thick-cut takes longer). Chop up the cooked bacon and refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. This recipe can be prepared in a slow cooker but will not have that smoked flavor, HIGH for 3 hours or LOW for 6 hours.
  3. You can bake this recipe in the oven but it will not have that smoked flavor, 400°F for 55-60 minutes until the sauce thickens.
  4. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 5-7 days.
  5. To freeze, let beans come to room temperature. Transfer to an airtight container. Will keep for 2-3 months.

smoked baked beans - close up shot in cast iron pan

Originally published August 2020

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