These smoked BBQ beans are completely homemade and oh, so good. These smoked BBQ baked beans combine all the flavors we love in baked beans with the classic barbecue flavor of smoke for a delicious side everyone loves.
We do a lot of grilling and smoking, so we thought we’d give one of our favorite side dishes a smoky makeover by finishing them off in the smoker. The results? Absolute deliciousness.
Smoked Baked Beans
I’m not sure if they are bbq beans or baked beans. But I can tell you this- my mouth is watering just thinking about them!
The taste of these delicious smoked baked beans will make your day better and without a doubt, you should give them a try. They’re great with some cornbread on the side for dipping in all that yummy sauce.
This recipe requires several ingredients, but they’re all incredibly basic and easily found at the grocery store. There’s nothing fancy here.
- Finely chopped onion
- Minced garlic cloves
- Vegetable oil
- Salt and pepper
- Dried navy beans
- BBQ sauce
- Brewed coffee
- Bay leaves
- Cider vinegar
- Dry mustard
See the recipe card at the end of the post for quantities and cooking times.
Making these beans is a lot easier than you might think. In just a few simple steps, you’ll have yourself some super tasty beans perfect for any barbecue.
Step 1: Prep
Finely chop the onion, mince the garlic, and brew the coffee.
Step 2: Microwave the Bacon and Onions
Add the onion, bacon, garlic, oil, and salt to a microwaveable bowl and microwave, stirring occasionally, until the onion is softened.
Step 3: Smoke the Beans
In a Dutch oven, add the microwaved onion mixture, water, beans, BBQ sauce, coffee, and bay leaves. Cover and smoke for about five hours.
Step 4: Drain the Beans
Discard the bay leaves and drain the beans, reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid. Return the beans to the pot.
Step 5: Continue Smoking
Add the reserved cooking liquid, vinegar, mustard, and remaining BBQ sauce. Continue smoking for another hour.
Hint: Be sure to leave the Dutch oven lid slightly ajar so all that smoky goodness can get into the beans.
Don’t have the correct ingredients on hand or want to change something up? Here are some helpful tips for you to change these smoked BBQ-baked beans.
- Beans – If you don’t have navy beans, you can also use great northern beans or pink beans.
- BBQ Sauce – Pick your favorite BBQ sauce for this recipe. Any will do. The great thing is that each sauce adds its own unique addition to the flavor of the beans.
- Other Meats – If you don’t have bacon, try ham or ground beef.
Want to personalize this smoked BBQ beans recipe? Here are some of my tried and true tips for changing up this recipe.
- Spicy – Add chili pepper flake or some diced jalapeno to this recipe for an added kick.
- Cinnamon – A touch of cinnamon is amazing in this recipe. Not too much. Just a touch.
If you love recipes like this, you may also enjoy this BBQ meatloaf.
It only takes a few basic pieces of equipment to make these delicious beans. The equipment is as easy as the recipe.
- measuring cups and spoons
- Cutting board
- Dutch oven or large pot
These beans will keep well in the refrigerator for about three to four days in an air-tight container. For longer storage, you can freeze them for up to six months.
I have a few tips here that will take this recipe from good to great. These are simple tips, but they make a big difference.
- To speed up the cooking process, you can soak your beans overnight. Then, you only need to smoke them for about an hour or two.
- Be sure to leave the lid of your Dutch oven or large pot ajar a little. Otherwise, the smoke can’t get to the beans.
- Always rinse your beans for safety and the opportunity to discard any bad beans.
More Bean Recipes
Do you like beans? Here are some recipes you may also like to try.
Do you have questions about smoked BBQ beans? Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about smoked BBQ baked beans.
Navy beans, great northern beans, and pink beans all work well.
Any sauce will work! They all add their own unique flavor to the beans.
No. If you don’t mind waiting, you can smoke the beans in the liquid from their dry state. It will just take several hours.
These beans will last for three to four days in the refrigerator or up to six months in the freezer.
Let the beans cool to room temperature, then chill them in the refrigerator for at least four to five hours. After that, transfer them to an air-tight, freezer-safe container or heavy-duty freezer bags.
To defrost the beans, simply place them in the refrigerator overnight.
Place the beans in a baking dish and cover with foil. Then bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes or until heated through.
Smoked BBQ Beans
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Smoked Barbecued Baked Beans
- 1 onion chopped fine
- 10 slices bacon
- 5 garlic cloves minced
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- Salt and pepper
- 5 ½ cups water plus extra as needed
- 1 pound dried navy beans 2 ½ cups, picked over and rinsed
- ¾ cup barbecue sauce
- ½ cup brewed coffee
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon dry mustard
- Hot sauce to taste (optional)
- Gather all the ingredients needed
- Microwave onion, bacon, garlic, oil, and ½ teaspoon salt in bowl, stirring occasionally, until onion is softened, about 5 minutes.
- Add onion and bacon mixture to a heat safe pan.
- Stir in water, beans, ¼ cup barbecue sauce, coffee, and bay leaves.
- Smoke at 200 degrees for 5 hours
- Discard bay leaves. Stir in vinegar, mustard, and remaining ¼ cup barbecue sauce.
- Smoke for an additional hour
- Serve and enjoy.