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Homemade Smoked Baked Beans

Our Homemade Smoked Baked Beans are made using a combination of Navy beans and Great Northern beans before getting drenched in a tangy, delicious sauce. This all gets smoked for a couple of hours on the pellet grill for the ultimate pan of scratch baked beans!

Smoked Baked Beans Recipe

Homemade Smoked Baked Beans Recipe

Baked beans have made an appearance at pretty much every barbecue and summer cookout I’ve ever been to. Including the ones in Northern Minnesota which (at least in my neighborhood) always involved a gas grill, copious amounts of tuna pasta salad, and all the hot dogs, cheeseburgers, and brats my little midwestern hands could grab.

Beans were a hard no for me until I was well into my 20’s, and even into my early 30’s I’d still push aside most of the beans in a bowl of chili, so baked beans as a kid was an IMMEDIATELY no kind of thing.

Not anymore!

Nothing against any certain brand of baked beans that you buy in the store with the most adorable mascot and commercials ever, but if you’ve never tried homemade smoked baked beans you are seriously missing out.

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Previously on the site, I shared my Brisket Baked Beans, which have been a huge hit, but I realized I didn’t have a regular variety on here yet and that needed to change.

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Smoked Baked Beans

Homemade Baked Beans shopping list

These are made with a combination of Navy and Great Northern Beans, and a tangy ketchup-based sauce, and a hunk of bacon.

Wondering if you have to hit the store? Here’s the list of items you’ll need to make this recipe. For specific amounts, please refer to the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.

Smoked Baked Beans

How to make Smoked Baked Beans

This is just the overview so you can see what you’re actually getting into here. When you are cooking, you’ll want to use the full recipe at the bottom of the page.


Preheat your smoker

220° is where you want it. Get it as close to that as you can.


Prep your pan

Take a grill-safe baking dish (like the Made In Cookware set featured in these photos) and prep it with cooking spray. Pour in the beans. Mix the sauce together in a separate bowl and then pour on top of the baked beans.


Smoke em’

Overall it is going to take a couple of hours. Stir occasionally, and check frequently during the last 20ish minutes. Pull when everything is bubble, hot, and the sauce is the consistency that you prefer.

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Smoked Baked Beans

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These beans would be perfect alongside almost anything that comes off your grill or griddle.

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Smoked Baked Beans Recipe
Yield: 12 servings

Homemade Smoked Baked Beans

Homemade Smoked Baked Beans

Homemade Smoked Baked Beans are a tangy, delicious side dish for any table! You're going to want to make extras because people are going to want to take home these leftovers!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes



  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup beer
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Whiskey Bent bbq Old Fashioned rub (or your favorite is fine here)

Beans & Meat

  • 3 slices cooked bacon (optional)
  • 2 cans Great Northern Beans, drained
  • 2 cans Navy beans, drained
  • 1 small onion, diced


  1. Preheat your smoker to 220° following factory directions. Prep a grill-safe pan with cooking spray. I've been really loving my MadeIn set! Disposable foil grill pans work well too.
  2. Mix together all of the sauce ingredients until combined.
  3. Pour the beans and onion into the pan. Top with the sauce and stir gently. Stick the bacon slices into the mix.
  4. Put the pan on the grill, shut the lid, and go do something else for an hour.
  5. Stir gently and go away again.
  6. Cook for another hour-ish, or until the sauce is thickened to your liking and reduced and everything is bubbly and melded together.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 218Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 440mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 6gSugar: 24gProtein: 7g

Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate. If you are tracking these things for medical purposes please consult an outside, trusted source. Thanks!

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Nicole Johnson

Nicole Johnson, a self-taught expert in grilling and outdoor cooking, launched Or Whatever You Do in 2010. Her blog, renowned for its comprehensive and creative outdoor cooking recipes, has garnered a vast audience of millions. Nicole's hands-on experience and passion for grilling shine through her work. Her husband, Jeremiah Johnson, also plays a pivotal role in recipe development, adding his culinary flair to the mix. Together, they form a dynamic duo, offering a rich and varied outdoor cooking experience to their followers.

Don Lawrence

Thursday 7th of October 2021

The only thing I changed was reduce the ketchup in half and add 4 tablespoons of molasses.


Tuesday 16th of May 2023

@Don Lawrence, did this help cut down on the tang?

Love this recipe only problem is it’s pretty overwhelmingly tangy

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