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Smokey BBQ Baked Beans

Hey there, fellow grill enthusiasts! If you’re ready to take your grilling game to the next level, you’re in for a treat. Today, we’re diving into the heart of BBQ goodness with our Smokey BBQ Baked Beans. Picture this: the aroma of sizzling bacon, the savory embrace of onions, and the rich, smoky notes that only a grill can infuse. Are you ready to turn your ordinary baked beans into a flavor-packed extravaganza? Let’s get grillin’!

Ingredients:

  • 1 package Thick-Cut Bacon
  • 1 cup chopped Onion
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 2 cans (28 oz each) Baked Beans
  • 1 cup BBQ Sauce
  • 1/2 cup Ketchup
  • 1 tbsp. Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp. Liquid Smoke
  • Brown Sugar (to taste)

Step-by-Step Guide:

1. Prepping the Bacon:

  • Cut the thick-cut bacon into bite-sized pieces using kitchen shears or a knife.
  • Cook the bacon on the grill until crispy, rendering flavorful bacon fat.

2. Sautéing the Aromatics:

  • Add chopped onions and minced garlic to the bacon fat.
  • Sauté until the onions are translucent, absorbing the delicious smokiness.

3. Combining the Base:

  • Pour in two cans of baked beans (liquid included) into the cast iron over direct heat.
  • Add BBQ sauce, ketchup, and chili powder. Stir to combine.

4. Introducing Liquid Smoke:

  • Enhance the smokiness by adding a teaspoon of liquid smoke.
  • Adjust the quantity based on your preference.

5. The Magic of Brown Sugar:

  • Add brown sugar to achieve the perfect balance of sweetness. Start with a handful and adjust to taste.
  • Remember, this is where you can tailor the flavor to your liking.

6. Simmering to Perfection:

  • Allow the beans to simmer on indirect heat, absorbing the smoky essence.
  • The cast iron skillet holds the heat, creating a slow-cooking effect.

7. The Grand Reveal:

  • After 20-25 minutes, open the lid to reveal a pot of beautifully simmered BBQ baked beans.

Expert Tips and Tricks:

  • Use wood chips on the grill for an additional layer of smokiness.
  • Experiment with different types of BBQ sauce to customize the flavor profile.

Variations:

  1. Spicy Kick:
    • Add diced jalapeños or a dash of hot sauce for those who crave heat.
  2. Mustard Twist:
    • Incorporate a tablespoon of mustard for a tangy zing.

What to Serve With:

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BBQ Baked Beans

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Cut the thick-cut bacon into bite-sized pieces using kitchen shears or a knife. Cook the bacon on the grill until crispy, rendering flavorful bacon fat.

  2. Add chopped onions and minced garlic to the bacon fat. Sauté until the onions are translucent, absorbing the delicious smokiness.

  3. Pour in two cans of baked beans (liquid included) into the cast iron over direct heat. Add BBQ sauce, ketchup, and chili powder. Stir to combine.

  4. Enhance the smokiness by adding a teaspoon of liquid smoke. Adjust the quantity based on your preference.

  5. Add brown sugar to achieve the perfect balance of sweetness. Start with a handful and adjust to taste. Remember, this is where you can tailor the flavor to your liking.

  6. Allow the beans to simmer on indirect heat, absorbing the smoky essence. The cast iron skillet holds the heat, creating a slow-cooking effect.

  7. After 20-25 minutes, open the lid to reveal a pot of beautifully simmered BBQ baked beans.

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My name is Aaron Brown. You can call me “A.B.”

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