Smokey BBQ Baked Beans – These baked beans have a secret ingredient for a sweet and smokey taste which everyone absolutely loves!
Ah barbecue season. Around here the last traces of Winter are only the white caps on the mountains, and our homes in the valley are definitely getting spring-y. It’s warm enough to spend time outside without a jacket. And that means… barbecue season. Last weekend we had the first one of the season.
I volunteered to bring a couple of items. Of course. And I planned out two things: baked beans, and potato salad. Classic barbecue choices. But what started out as a small family gathering, quickly doubled in size and I realized I was going to be feeding A LOT of people.
Here’s the thing. It’s just me and the hubbs here at home so I don’t really feed crowds very often. Meaning I pretty much never feed crowds. I am really good as scaling back recipes to just feed the two of us, with maybe some leftovers for the lunch the next day. But feeding 18+ people is not on my usual agenda.
After a little experimentation, a ton of taste-testing, and some serious wingin’ it – I came up with this Smokey Baked Beans recipe. I adore the sugary aspect of baked beans. It’s that touch of sweetness you need on a plate of brisket, ribs, and brats. But when you pair that sweetness with a touch of smokey, beautiful things happen in your mouth. Everyone loved this recipe. None more so than me – it was so good! The other great thing about this recipe is that it’s written to feed 8 but you can easily half it or double it depending on your group size!
Smokey Baked Beans
These baked beans have a secret ingredient for a sweet and smokey taste - everyone loves it! Perfect side dish for a barbecue or family grillin' night! Plus you can customize it to feed a small group, or a big crowd! ***See Note***
- 26 ounces canned pork n' beans
- 1 can applewood smoked bacon beans
- 1 can black beans
- 1/2 white onion, diced
- 1/2 red onion, diced
- 2 1/2 tablespoons prepared yellow mustard
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1 1/2 teaspoons liquid smoke
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic
- 3 tablespoons ketchup
- 3-4 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
Add all beans and the onions to a large pot. In a bowl whisk together mustard, maple syrup, liquid smoke, salt, garlic, and ketchup. Add to pot and stir to combine.
Cook covered over medium-high heat, stirring periodically, for 30 minutes. Stir in bacon. Serve with green onions if desired.
*** This recipe can easily be customized to feed your group. Half the recipe for 4 people, or double it for about 16-18!