Grilled Baked Beans Recipe

Serve these beans at your next barbecue and they’re sure to be a hit! Easy BBQ Baked Beans are comforting, slightly sweet, mildly smoky, rich, meaty, and totally indulgent.

BBQ Baked Beans were one of the very first recipes we served to our friends at the opening of our first smoker. At the time, I didn’t really know what I was doing, so I followed a few recipes, chose the ingredients that sounded good, then threw a bunch of stuff in a pot and hoped it would turn out okay. And, you know what? It wasn’t too shabby. But, much like my first BBQ sauce, I made a huge rookie mistake: I

  1. Preheat the grill at medium-high heat.
  2. Place a cast iron skillet on the grill. …
  3. Add the garlic, stir; cook for 30 seconds.
  4. Add the beans, tomato sauce, ketchup, mustard, vinegar, chili powder and paprika; stir.
  5. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Cook on the grill for 15-20 minutes.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

The BEST BBQ Baked Beans with Bacon

Smoked Baked Beans šŸ”—

Baked beans are a BBQ side dish staple.Ā  Nothing goes better with a perfectly grilled burger than a spoonful of slightly sweetened, slow smoked baked beans loaded with bacon and a slight jalapeno kick.

Prep: 15min

Total: 195min

Serving Size: 1 serving

Nutrition Facts: calories 158 kcal, Carbohydrate 20 g, Protein 3 g, Fat 7 g, Saturated Fat 2 g, Trans Fat 0.02 g, Cholesterol 12 mg, Sodium 336 mg, Fiber 1 g, Sugar 18 g, unSaturated Fat 4 g, servingSize 1 serving


  • 6 slices thick cut peppered bacon (halved)
  • 1 medium yellow onion (diced)
  • 3 jalapenos (or 1 green bell pepper for less heat) (seeds and stems removed, diced)
  • 2 28 oz cans pork and beans
  • 3/4 cup barbecue sauce (links to my favorite homemade sauces are in the recipe notes)
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 Tablespoons molasses


  1. Preheat your smoker to 250 degrees F using any mild or fruit wood. I really like pecan with this recipe.
  2. Preheat a 12 inch cast iron skillet over medium high heat. Cook the bacon pieces for 2-3 minutes per side. Long enough to render fat, but not long enough to crisp thoroughly. 
  3. Remove the bacon pieces to a plate with a paper towel on top so they can drain. Leave the bacon grease in the pan and add the onions and jalapenos. Cook for 3-5 minutes, stirring frequently, until they have softened and the onions are slightly translucent.
  4. Pour the cans of beans (liquid and all) into the pan. Add in the barbecue sauce, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, and molasses. Stir to combine.
  5. Place the slices of bacon on top of the beans and head out to the smoker.
  6. Smoke, uncovered, for about 3 hours, or until nearly all of the fat has rendered from the bacon and the beans have thickened up nicely. Remove from the smoker and serve while warm.


Can you cook canned baked beans on a grill?

It is safe to heat baked beans in the can, but you have to do it very carefully, according to Gone Outdoors. First, make sure to open the can. Second, since the can’s thin metal may burn easily, it is recommended that you cook the can over coals and not direct flames.

What can I add to baked beans for flavor?

How to Make Canned Baked Beans BetterBacon, Onion, Maple Syrup, Spicy Mustard, Beef Sausage, Molasses, Ketchup, Cider Vinegar.

Can you put a can of Bush’s baked beans on the grill?

3) If you’re grilling for lunch or dinner, we love to heat up some delectable Bush’sĀ® Baked Beans to add some quick flavor to our meals.

Can you put a can of beans on gas grill?

If you are using a grill, you can also cook your canned baked beans in a cast-iron skillet, according to Food Network. Regardless of where you decide to cook your canned baked beans, one thing you should remember is a can opener. While it is possible to cook them outdoors still in the can, the safety concerns might be intimidating.

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