BBQ Baked Beans Recipe


BBQ baked beans have always been and still are a perfect side dish that pairs so well with any outdoor barbecue. They are rich, full of flavor and when homemade will rival any side dish out there! In this recipe Rus Jones from Smoky Ribs BBQ will show you how to make the ultimate homemade BBQ baked beans recipe using our Slow 'N Sear® Kamado Grill (or kettle grill). Take a look!


  • 1 pound of dried red beans or 7 cups of canned pork & beans
  • 3 quarts of water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 and 1/2 onion 
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 3 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 to 3 cups reserved bean cooking liquid
  • 5 slices of thick cut bacon


If using dried beans, soak in a bowl covered with water overnight. Drain beans and transfer to a large pot and cover with 3 quarts of fresh cool water. Add the bay leaves and 1/2 of an onion. Let simmer for around a hour or until beans feel tender. If using canned beans skip the above step. 

Next pour the beans into a baking dish. Begin to add in all the ingredients except the bacon and stir in very well. Once mixed well, spread evenly and place the bacon strips across the top.


Prepare the SnS Kamado for 350°F temperatures and be sure to add a small piece of smoke wood to provide smoke for the beans. Once the Kamado is up to temperature, place the beans in the center above the deflector plate. Close the lid. Cook until the liquid has reduced to a thick sauce. Normally 2 to 3 hours. (Note canned beans may not take as long)