The other day I saw an episode of Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives where they were showcasing BBQ places. One of them had smoked beans on their menu and since it was a couple days before I was going to smoke ribs and I had planned on having baked beans with them anyway, I thought.. I'm gonna smoke those beans! Now, the downside to this is I should have put the beans in during the first hour of smoking the ribs and then just reheated them on the grill - but I didn't. I don't believe I got as much of the smokey flavor in there as I could have. But, that's ok.. these beans were still delicious and we ate every last bit of them! It could have been the jalapenos.... or the bacon... yea, it's probably the bacon!!!
And I know.. should I really be calling them "baked" when I'm smoking them... shouldn't I just call them smoked beans? Technically, yes, but hey, it's my blog and my recipe and I get to name it whatever I want. If you make this, I give you permission to call it whatever you want - just make it :)
Smoked Baked Beans
Created by Jenn's Food Journey
16oz can Bush's Homestyle baked beans
1-2 jalapenos, seeded and diced (leave seeds for more heat)
2 teaspoons molasses
1 teaspoon yellow mustard
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon brown sugar
3 slices of bacon, cut into 1/2-inch squares
small aluminum disposable loaf pan
Mix together the beans, jalapenos, molasses, mustard, garlic, and sugar. Season with salt and pepper if necessary. Pour into disposable aluminum pan and top with squares of bacon. Place in a preheat smoker (225-240 degrees F) and allow to smoke for 1-2 hours. Remove from oven and cover until ready to use. If not using right away, reheat on grill or in oven. Serve with some smoked balsamic ribs and enjoy!!
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