New and Improved BBQ Baked Beans recipe

It's fun taking an old-fashioned recipe like baked beans and giving it a bit of a facelift. 

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.

homemade baked beans

The secret to this recipe is the apples. Oh, and the heavy dose of Maple Syrup!

And bacon - lot's and lot's of bacon! 

› BBQ Baked Beans recipe

Serves: 10 - 12

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 4 hours

Indirect Heat: 350F

What you'll need: 

  • 4 cups dried navy beans
  • 10 cups water
  • 1 lb sliced bacon (quartered)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground dry mustard
  • 1 cup Maple Syrup

  • 3 medium tart apples, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown or maple sugar

    Tip: Try maple smoked bacon if you can find it.

soaking baked beans

Step 1:
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.

Step 2:
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 recipe.

baked beans with bacon

Step 3:
Line the bottom of the pot (or a 4 quart oven-proof baking dish) with the bacon.

baked beans with onions

In a large bowl combine the beans, onion, salt and mustard.

making beans on bbq

Step 4:
Spoon the bean mixture over the bacon in the pot or baking dish.

beans and maple syrup

Pour the Maple Syrup over the beans.

make bbq baked beans

Step 5:
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.

best baked beans barbecue

Step 6:
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 baked beans are especially good with this BBQ Ribs recipe.


apple maple baked beans

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