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!
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.
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.
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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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.
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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.
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.
What can you serve with smoked baked beans?
These beans would be perfect alongside almost anything that comes off your grill or griddle.
- Pork Belly Burnt Ends
- Smoked Brisket
- Spatchcock Chicken
- Pancit Bihon
- Smoked Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole
- Beer Can Chicken
- Smoked Hamburgers
- Smoked Chicken Thighs
- Traeger Salmon
- Traeger Pulled Pork
- Smoked Tri-Tip
- Poor Man’s Burnt Ends
- Traeger Pulled Pork
- Smoked Beef Ribs
- 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
- 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.
- Mix together all of the sauce ingredients until combined.
- Pour the beans and onion into the pan. Top with the sauce and stir gently. Stick the bacon slices into the mix.
- Put the pan on the grill, shut the lid, and go do something else for an hour.
- Stir gently and go away again.
- 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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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!