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Top downs shot of cast iron skillet filled with smoked baked beans and bacon on top.

Smoked Baked Beans Recipe

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  • Author: Erin Jensen
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 hours
  • Total Time: 3 hours 25 minutes
  • Yield: 14 servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Smoker
  • Cuisine: American


Smoked Baked Beans – the perfect side dish for your summer cookouts!


  • 79 slices of thick-cut bacon
  • 1/2 green pepper, diced
  • 1 small/medium yellow onion, diced
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • (3) 15oz cans pork and beans
  • 1/4 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce (I would recommend a smoky-flavored one)
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 3 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon stone ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon smoked garlic powder, regular garlic powder works just fine


  1. Preheat smoker between 215-225 degrees F.
  2. In a deep, 12 inch cast iron skillet, cook bacon in batches on the stove top, cooking until some fat has rendered and bacon is partially cooked. Remove bacon and let rest on a paper towel-lined plate.
  3. Keep grease in pan, unless there are excessive amounts. If there is a ton of grease, pour some out, but keep 2-4 tablespoons in the pan.
  4. Add garlic, onion and green pepper to the pan. Saute in grease on medium-high, stirring, until cooked down and onion becomes translucent.
  5. Take 3 slices of bacon and cut into 1-inch chunks.
  6. Add those chunks of bacon back into the pan along with the beans, BBQ sauce, coconut sugar, apple cider vinegar, yellow mustard, stone ground mustard and garlic powder. Stir to combine. Lay remaining bacon strip across the top of the skillet and place on the smoker.
  7. Place skillet on the smoker for 3-4 hours.
  8. Remove and let cool slightly. Cut the top bacon strips into chunks and mix into the beans.
  9. Serve and enjoy.


  • Smoking temp: honestly if you have another recipe going (like this smoked pork shoulder or smoked baby back ribs) the temperature for these beans is pretty flexible.  It can really go anywhere between 215 and 275 degrees F.  The resulting flavor will be more smokey if the temp is closer to 215 degrees F., but if you are timing this out with other recipes don’t get too hung up on the temp!
  • Aluminum Pan: you can also just use an aluminum pan if you don’t want to use a cast iron skillet.
  • Gluten-Free: double check pork and beans ingredients before using.