It's fun trying a new baked beans recipe and putting a slightly new twist on an old-fashioned side dish.
The first time I tried these BBQ baked beans I couldn't believe how such a simple recipe, with a very simple ingredient addition, could taste so good!
And the best part? Cook this recipe on your gas grill or charcoal BBQ. No need to heat up the house.
The secret to this recipe is the apples. Oh, and the heavy dose of Maple Syrup!
Special thanks to Linda S., a very good friend and 5-star chef for contributing this recipe.Read Reviews/Leave Comments
Serves: 10 - 12
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 4 hours
Indirect Heat: 350F
What you'll need:
Rinse and pick through the beans to remove any bad ones.
Place the beans in a large Dutch oven or soup kettle and add enough water to cover them by 2".
Bring to a boil and let them boil for 2 minutes.
Remove them from the heat, cover and let them stand for 1 hour.
Drain and rinse the beans (discard the liquid).
Return the beans to the pot and cover them with 10 cups of water.
Bring to a boil then reduce the heat and let simmer for 30 minutes.
Drain but reserve 1/2 cup of the liquid for possible use further in this baked beans recipe.
Line the bottom of the pot (or a 4 quart oven-proof baking dish) with the bacon.
In a large bowl combine the beans, onion, salt and mustard.
Spoon the bean mixture over the bacon in the pot or baking dish.
Pour the Maple Syrup over the BBQ baked beans.
Preheat the BBQ to 350F and setup for Indirect heat.
When the grill reaches cooking temperature, put the lid on the bean pot and place on the area of the grill away from any direct heat and cook for 3 hours - stir occasionally.
If needed, add some of the reserved bean liquid if things start to dry out.
Tip: I put aluminum foil under the pot to catch any drips as well as to prevent any scorching or soot buildup on the pot.
After 3 hours arrange the apple slices over the top of the baked beans to cover.
In a small bowl combine the softened butter and brown sugar and spread over the apples.
Replace the lid and cook another 30 minutes.
Lift the lid and stir the beans well to mix the apples in. Replace the lid and cook another 30 minutes or until the beans and apple are tender.
These BBQ beans are especially good with this BBQ Ribs recipe.
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