Hot and Smoky Baked Beans

June 30, 2010 | By andrea | Filed in: Casserole, Recipes, Side Dish, Summer.

Baked beans never meant much to me until I tried this recipe for Hot and Smoky Baked Beans. I’m not exagerating when I say these are AWESOME baked beans! I’ve tried other recipes but this is the one I always come back to. The beans have great smoky flavor from the bacon, barbecue sauce and chipotle chilies (and liquid smoke if you use it) and they’re not too sweet (like some baked beans). YUMM!!! Husband lights up like a Christmas tree when I tell him I’m making Hot & Smoky Baked Beans. Sometimes he even eats them instead of dessert. True story.

This recipe really does elevate the humble bean to a new place of honor. I like to use a variety of canned beans (kidney, pinto, black, great northern), and usually 1 to 2 chopped chipotle chilies depending on who I’m serving the beans to. Add a little chopped chipotle pepper and taste the mixture before adding more (a small amount of chipotle chilies goes a long way). A good-quality, smoke-flavored barbecue sauce is best in this recipe. I like D.L. Jardine’s Mesquite Barbecue Sauce. The beer adds a layer of flavor to the beans without making them taste beery. I use an Irish stout like Murphy’s or Guinness.  To add more smoky flavor, I usually add 1 tablespoon of liquid smoke. Parsley is a nice garnish but I don’t usually bother with it. Enjoy!!

Hot and Smoky Baked Beans
-recipe from Bon Appétit Magazine

Serve these hot or at room temperature. Yield: Serves 8 to 10.

6 bacon slices
1 1/2 cups chopped onion
1 1/4 cups purchased barbecue sauce
3/4 cup dark beer
1/4 cup mild-flavored (light) molasses
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons (packed) dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon soy sauce
4 to 6 teaspoons minced canned chipotle chilies (I use 1-2 chipotle chilies, to taste)
6 15- to 16-ounce cans Great Northern beans, drained

Chopped fresh parsley

Preheat oven to 350°F. Cook bacon in large skillet over medium heat until crisp. Transfer to paper towels and drain. Transfer 2 1/2 tablespoons bacon drippings from skillet to large bowl. Finely chop bacon; add to bowl. Add onion and next 7 ingredients to bowl and whisk to blend. Whisk in 4 to 6 teaspoons chipotle chilies, depending on spiciness desired. Stir in beans. Transfer bean mixture to 13 x 9 x 2-inch glass baking dish. Bake uncovered until liquid bubbles and thickens slightly, about 1 hour. Cool 10 minutes.

Sprinkle with parsley and serve.

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13 comments on “Hot and Smoky Baked Beans

  1. Um, hello…that sounds delicious! Can I come over next time? 🙂 Definitely putting these on my long list of things to try someday.

  2. Hope says:

    Hmmm…my son wants beans for the 4th, but knows I can’t make them for nothing. Maybe I should try and surprise him?

  3. Sharon says:

    Oh YUM! I think I’m going to have to try these!

  4. Oh, my husband loves chipotle, so I might have to try this. Thanks for linking up!

  5. Hot and smoky sounds great… and it looks a tad bit sweet. This will be great for a picnic this week!

  6. zentMRS says:

    I’m new to baked beans (had never eaten them until about a month ago) and these look really good. I love spicy – we will have to try these!

  7. Sanjeeta kk says:

    Beautiful recipe. Nice to be here. Saw it on Blogging women. Best wishes.

  8. Sherry says:

    These sound amazing! I love baked beans! 😀 Thank you so much for sharing!

  9. Teresa says:

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  10. Audrey says:

    Wow, these look yummy! I’ll have to keep them in mind for our next grill-out.

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  11. Sarah says:

    The perfect side dish for some BBQ. At least that’s what they serve here in Texas! 🙂 Thanks for linking to the Recipe Share Party.


  12. Jerri says:

    Great recipe! I always love a good batch of baked beans!

    Thanks for linking up with me for Friday Favorites!

  13. Pam says:

    Tried this recipe yesterday at a cook out/B day party. They were a hit. Not so spicy but smokey flavor…very simple recipe…proud of myself for not stopping at the deli this time…Will make these again.