Smoky Perfection: Slow-Smoked Barbecue Beans Recipe
Add some smoky flavor to your barbecue meal with these slow-smoked barbecue beans! Tender beans, crispy bacon, and mouth-watering spices create a savory side dish that will take your barbecue game to the next level. Recipe by Glenn Connaughton. Read more about Glenn here.
Hickory Pit Beans
- SUGGESTED WOOD: Hickory
- 2 pounds white navy or great northern beans
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt 8 slices bacon
- 1 sweet onion diced
- 1 red bell pepper diced
- 1 garlic clove minced
- 2 cups Kansas City Style BBQ Sauce
- ¼ cup light brown sugar
- ¼ cup Dijon mustard
- ¼ cup jalapeño peppers diced
- 2 tablespoons Revolution Barbecue All Purpose Rub
- 1 tablespoon molasses
- Place the beans and salt in a large saucepan, cover with water by 2 to 3 inches, and soak overnight.
- Drain and rinse the beans. Return the beans to the large saucepan and cover with 4 inches fresh water. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 1 1/2 hours, until the beans are tender but not bursting open.
- Preheat your smoker to 250°F with 2 chunks of wood.
- In a pan over medium heat, cook the bacon until it is almost crisp. Remove the bacon from the pan and dab the slices with paper towels. Reserve about 1 tablespoon of bacon grease in the pan, discarding the rest, then roughly chop the cooked bacon.
- Add the onion and bell pepper to the reserved bacon grease and cook on medium heat until translucent. Add the garlic, stirring constantly, and cook for another 2 minutes.
- Drain the beans, reserving 2 cups of the bean water. Transfer the beans to a deep, half-size aluminum pan. Stirring the bean mixture thoroughly, add the barbecue sauce, brown sugar, mustard, jalapeño, barbecue rub, and molasses.
- Place the beans in the smoker and cook for 5 hours, stirring every hour. Replenish the wood chunks as needed. If the beans start to get too thick, add some of the bean water and stir.
- After 5 hours, the beans should look dark and sticky and will be tender, with a slightly creamy texture. Remove the beans from the smoker and serve.
This recipe is is from our cookbook, Smokin’ Southern BBQ – Recipes & Techniques from around the South. Check out this recipe and others in the book. This recipe features our Revolution Barbecue All Purpose BBQ Rub. Shop now on our website.