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Smoker Baked Beans with Bacon

Baked Beans on the smoker is an easy side dish for all your spring and summer barbecues! Topped with bacon, this classic recipe is the BEST and is the  perfect pair to your smoked meat.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 5 mins
Course: Side Dish, Sides
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10 people
Calories: 361kcal
Author: Amanda Mason


  • Smoker


  • 53 ounce can VanCamp's Pork and Beans
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar,
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1 pack bacon, 10-12 slices


  • Put all the ingredient into a large bowl and mix well to combine. 
  • Pour the baked beans into a disposable aluminum pan.
  • Cut the bacon into 2 inch long pieces and lay on top of the baked beans mixture.
  • When the smoker is preheated to 225°F, place the aluminum pan in the smoker uncovered. 
  • Smoke for 2 hours.
  • When you pull the baked beans out of the smoker, the bacon pieces should be cooked and be a golden brown around the edges. Stir the beans with a large spoon so that they gets mixed in well with the beans.
  • Serve immediately.



  • This recipe is smoker agnostic. Meaning...you can make these easy baked beans in a gas, pellet, electric, or charcoal smoker.
  • Prepping the Smoker - Depending on the type of smoker you have will depend on how you prepare it. Reference the information I wrote above in the section called Preparing Your Smoker. With a If your smoker has a water pan, I recommend wrapping it with heavy duty aluminum foil before adding the water. If you like a little extra smoke flavor, add a Tablespoon of Liquid Smoke to the water.
  • Wood Chips vs Wood Chunks - I typically use wood chunks when I'm smoking meat because they last longer. I love using apple wood when smoking this recipe, but pecan wood is also great to use, as well.
  • To Cover or Not Cover - I don't cover these beans with aluminum foil while they smoke. When I smoke side dish recipes, it's typically because I'm smoking some type of meat. I like to place the pan of baked beans on a rack directly under the smoking meat so that some of the drippings from the meat fall into the beans. This enhances the flavor of the baked beans.
  • Low and Slow - I'm a believer of smoking food on a lower temperature and smoking for a longer time period. I smoke my baked beans for about 2 hours on 225°F. If you need the beans to smoke faster, increase the heat to 250 degrees. They'll be done in about 1.5 hours at this temperature.
Oven Baked Method
If you want to make this recipe in the oven, follow these directions:
  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Pour beans into a 9×13 Pyrex dish.
  • Mix in brown sugar, molasses, onion and mustard and mix well.
  • Cut bacon strips into 2″ pieces and place on top of the baked beans
  • Bake uncovered for 35 to 45 minutes.


Calories: 361kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 1566mg | Potassium: 766mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 108mg | Iron: 4mg