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How to Make Smoked Baked Beans on a Pit Boss Pellet Grill

Learn how to make smoked baked beans on a Pit Boss Pellet Grill!

We take you step-by-step through the ingredients and cookware you’ll need, setting up your Pit Boss pellet grill, and smoking the baked beans to perfection!

baked beans smoking on a pit boss pellet grill

No side dish goes with classic barbecue quite like baked beans.

Maybe potato salad or macaroni and cheese, but if you want to throw a great barbecue, you’ve got to also have baked beans.

But there is no reason to run back and forth from the meat on the Pit Boss to the oven inside to tend to the baked beans, because you can make smoked baked beans right on your Pit Boss pellet grill!

You can smoke them right alongside your Pit Boss smoked beef brisket, pork shoulder, ribs, or chicken!

Even if you’ve never made traditional baked beans, we’ve got you covered with step by step instructions and a list of exactly what you’ll need to make great smoked baked beans on your Pit Boss.

 

What you Need to Make Smoked Baked Beans on a Pit Boss Pellet Grill

A Cast Iron Skillet

In order to make really great smoked baked beans on your Pit Boss pellet grill, you will preferably need a 12 inch cast iron skillet to smoke them in.

baked beans smoking on a pit boss pellet grill

When it comes to using cast iron, like we do for our smoked pot roast, we like anything from Lodge, such as this Lodge 12 inch skillet for smoked baked beans.

A great cast iron skillet can be used for a lot of fun recipes on your Pit Boss. You may recognize the Lodge skillet from our smoked mac and cheese as well as our smoked chicken enchiladas.

It’s already pre-seasoned and has the nice high sides to keep all those bubbly smoked baked beans contained.

The best part is you can bring it right from the Pit Boss to the table and serve directly from the cast iron skillet for a great rustic presentation!

 

Smoked Baked Beans Ingredients

Now let’s talk about what ingredients you’ll need to make the Pit Boss smoked baked beans.

You can choose from a variety of kinds of beans to use, but we would recommend the simple and classic Canned Pork and Beans you’ll find near the canned beans and canned soups in almost any grocery store.

a can of pork and beans

We found the canned pork and beans gave a very classic flavor and texture for the Pit Boss smoked baked beans.

If you are avoiding meat, use a soft bean like canned pinto beans rather than a grittier textured bean like black beans.  Make sure to drain the water from those types of canned beans first.

If you don;t use pork and beans, you need to double the sauce ingredients (ketchup, worcestershire, and mustard) since the pork and beans already come in a tomato flavored sauce that we are adding to in our recipe.

  • 1/2 lb Bacon (8 slices regular cut, 5-6 slices thick cut)
  • 1 medium Onion, diced
  • 2-28 oz cans Pork and Beans (do not drain)
  • 1/4 Cup Ketchup or Chili Sauce
  • 3/4 Cup packed Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 Tbsp Yellow Mustard

As with all things BBQ, you can make adjustments based on your own preferences.

Our version is fairly sweet so cut down the brown sugar to a 1/4 or 1/2 a cup if you want more savory smoked baked beans.

You can always add more sugar later as they cook if you want them sweeter!

 

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The Best Wood Pellets for Smoking Baked Beans on a Pit Boss Pellet Grill

Smoked Baked Beans will absorb a fair amount of smoke flavor on the Pit Boss since they are a wet side dish.

They also have a fairly strong flavor profile on so they will hold up well to stronger smoke flavors like hickory unlike a delicate fish fillet or even chicken breasts.

pellets in the hopper of a pit boss pellet grill

If you are smoking your baked beans on the Pit Boss alongside some ribs or a beef roast, you will be fine with whatever type of wood pellet let you chose for the meat.

If, however, you are smoking the baked beans by themselves, we would recommend either hickory pellet or a good gourmet blend like our go-to favorite from Bear Mountain.

For the best results, store your unused pellets in a sealed room temperature container like this 20 lb pellet container rather than in the Pit Boss hopper outside.

Pellets do not last forever, but will definitely last a LOT longer if stored indoors in a quality airtight container.

 

How a Pit Boss Pellet Grill Works

We have previously covered how to season a Pit Boss, how to start a Pit Boss, as well as how to troubleshoot the smoke level of your pellet grill.

So if you need a more in-depth review on how to use your Pit Boss for the first time, check those articles out first!

If you already know your Pit Boss inside and out, feel free to skip this stuff.

But if not, below is a brief overview of how a Pit Boss pellet grill works and how to start it up properly to prepare to smoke your food.

a pit boss pro series 1150 pellet grill

In order to cook ANYTHING well on a Pit Boss pellet grill, you need to first have a basic understanding of how a pellet grill works.

***Completely New to Using a Pellet Grill?  No Worries!****

Hop over and check out this Complete Guide to Understanding How a Pellet Grill Works  if you are interested in learning more in depth.  We’ll be here when you get back!***

 

Add your Hardwood Pellets

First, you add hardwood pellets into the side hopper.

pit boss hopper

The Pit Boss pellet grill automatically feeds these small wood pellets via an auger mechanism to a fire pot where they are burned up, providing both heat and smokey flavor.

The pellet grill automatically controls the flow of pellets depending on your temperature setting so that you maintain an even temperature throughout the entire cook.

 

How to Start up the Pit Boss Pellet Grill

  1. Fill your hopper with pellets as described above.
  2. Make sure the fire pot is cleaned out from the last cook and not full of ashes. You can remove it from the bottom and dump or vacuum it out and then put back and clip into place.a dirty ash pot
  3. Plug in and start up the pellet grill, keeping the lid open.  Set the temperature dial to “Smoke” and press the “Power” button.white start up smoke on a pit boss pellet grill
  4. If there are no pellets in the auger or firepot yet, only in the hopper, you need to now hold the Prime” button until you hear pellets begin to drop into the firepot.the prime button on a pit boss pellet grill
  5. The “Prime” feature on a Pit Boss pellet grill speeds up the auger so that pellets fill it quickly and get to your fire pot before the pellet grill “times out” from a lack of pellets coming into the fire pot.wood pellets in a pit boss pellet grill
  6. Once pellets are in the firepot, stop holding the “Prime” button and wait about 5-7 minutes with the lid open for a torchy burner lighting sound. This means the fire rod has come up to temperature and has ignited the pellets.  At this point, a more significant amount of smoke will begin coming out of the pellet grill.  This means the pellets are ignited and the pellet grill is workingNow you can close the lid.pellets falling into an ash pot
  7. Close the lid and change the temperature setting to 350°F.  Pit Boss recommends always preheating to this temperature FIRST, even if you are eventually going to cook at different temperature.
  8. This will take about 10-15 minutes to preheat the grill.
  9. Using a good bristle free grill brush, clean off the grill grates.
  10. Now adjust the temperature to where you need it to cook your food.

Why Bristle Free Grill Brushes? 

Check out our Ultimate Guide to How to Keep your Family Safe by using ONLY Bristle Free Grill Brushes, along with a selection of some of our favorites!

 

How to Make Smoked Baked Beans on a Pit Boss Pellet Grill

Set the Pit Boss Temperature

The best temperature to smoke your baked beans on the Pit Boss is going to be 240°F.

Now, if you are cooking something else like pork butt or beef brisket “Low and Slow” and need to keep the temperature closer to 220°F, don’t stress, it’s fine, you can smoke the baked beans here too.

We just wouldn’t recommend smoking the baked beans any higher than about 275°F on the Pit Boss as you will risk burning the sugars in the sauce on the bottom of the cast iron skillet.

The smoked baked beans will take about 3 hours so plan accordingly to time them to finish at the same time your meat is finished resting.

Thankfully, in the cast iron pan the smoked baked beans will stay nice and hot for a long while even once you’ve taken them off the Pit Boss so you don’t have to be perfect!

 

Cook the Bacon and Onions

First cook your bacon over medium heat in the same cast iron skillet in which you will be smoking the baked beans.

bacon on a plate

Once the bacon is cooked, remove it from the skillet to a plate with paper towels to drain and lower heat to medium-low.

Next add your diced onion to the bacon fat still in the pan. Stir frequently and cook until the onions are soft and translucent.

cooking diced onions in a skillet

Once the onions are cooked, push them to one side of the skillet and drain off the excess grease in the skillet from the other side.

 

Make the Sauce and Add Beans

Next you will add the ketchup (or chili sauce), brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and mustard to the onions in the skillet.

sauce ingredients for smoked baked beans in a skillet

Stir well until combined.

diced onions and sauce in a skillet

Crumble up the bacon you set aside and sprinkle and stir into the sauce.

Next add the canned pork and beans and stir well to incorporate everything together.

stirring baked beans before smoking

Turn off the heat and carefully take the hot skillet out to the preheated Pit Boss pellet grill.

placing a cast iron skillet of baked beans on pit boss to smoke

Make sure to always use well insulated grilling gloves when handling hot cast iron.  We like these ones from Vi Boos that protect up well over 1000°F.

 

Smoke the Baked Beans in the Pit Boss

Now it’s time to smoke your baked beans in the Pit Boss!

baked beans smoking on a pit boss pellet grill

Carefully carry your cast iron skillet out to the Pit Boss pellet grill set to 240°F and put them in the smoker uncovered.

Stir every 30 minutes or so and rotate the cast iron skillet as needed depending on how evenly your Pit Boss throws off heat.

We liked putting ours toward the right side of our Pit Boss that tends to get a little less upward heat from the flame broiler directly underneath .

baked beans smoking on a pit boss pellet grill

Let the smoked baked beans cook for about 3 hours and don’t stir for the last 30 minutes so that the top gets nice and brown.

You can also sprinkle some additional brown sugar on top during the last 15 minutes for more color and sweetness.

pit boss smoked baked beans

 

Best Ways to Serve Pit Boss Smoked Baked Beans

The best part about smoking your Pit Boss baked beans in a cast iron pan is that you can bring the pan right to the table to serve out of when they are finished!

a spoonful of pit boss smoked baked beans

Smoked baked beans go great with brisket, pulled pork, ribs, chicken, salmon, even lobster, or any other dish you can think of!

If you want even more side dishes, make sure to also check out our smoked broccoli, asparagus, and cauliflower if you are eating healthy, or you can indulge in our famous sweet and smokey sweet potatoes to accompany your meal as well!

 

What Else Can I Smoke on my Pit Boss?

a pit boss pellet grill making smoke

So glad you asked!

Check out some of our other favorite recipes below that can all be easily modified for a Pit Boss if not done so already.

You’ve come to right place!

Pork

 

Beef

 

Seafood

 

Poultry

 

Lamb

 

Sides and Desserts

 

baked beans smoking on a pit boss pellet grill

Pit Boss Smoked Baked Beans

Delicious Pit Boss Smoked Baked Beans are an easy one pot side dish when cooked in a cast iron skillet.
We show you how to prepare your smoked baked beans, setup your Pit Boss pellet grill, and smoke the baked beans to perfection!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs 30 mins
Course Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American, Australian, barbecue, BBQ, Holiday, Smoked
Servings 12 servings
Calories 250 kcal

Equipment

  • 12 Inch Cast Iron Skillet
  • Paper Towel Lined Plate
  • Knife and Cutting Board
  • Pit Boss Pellet Grill
  • Wood Pellets preferably oak, hickory, or a blend.
  • Wooden Spoon

Ingredients
  

  • ½ lb Bacon 8 slices regular cut, 5-6 slices thick cut
  • 1 Yellow Onion medium, diced
  • ¼ Cup Ketchup or Chili Sauce
  • ¾ Cup Brown Sugar packed. Or reduce amount for less sweetness.
  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 Tbsp Yellow Mustard
  • 2 28 oz cans Pork and Beans do not drain

Instructions
 

  • Take the time first to dice the onion and measure out all your your other ingredients.
    diced onion on a cutting board

Start the Pit Boss Pellet Grill

  • Remove the fire pot from the bottom of the Pit Boss and clean out any ashes left over from the last cook. Replace it and make sure it is secured in place with the clips on either side.
    a dirty ash pot
  • Add your pellets to the hopper, start the Pit Boss pellet grill and put it on the "Smoke" setting.
    pouring pellets in a pit boss hopper
  • If there are no pellets in the auger, hold the "Prime" button until you hear pellets begin falling in the fire pot. This will speed up the auger to prime it full of pellets before you start preheating.
    the prime button on a pit boss pellet grill
  • Once the Pit boss begins to produce thick white smoke, let it run for about 5-7 minutes on the "Smoke" Setting until the smoke turns more of a clearish blue color. This means the fire rod has fully heated up to burn the pellets more cleanly.
    white start up smoke on a pit boss pellet grill
  • Next, set the temperature to preheat the Pit Boss pellet grill to 350°F. We will drop this temperature before we start cooking.
  • Once the Pit Boss has come up to 350°F, drop the temperature on the control panel to 240°, and clean the grill grates with a good grill brush and close the lid.

Cook the Bacon and Onions

  • Cook the bacon until crispy over medium heat in the same cast iron skillet in which you will be smoking the baked beans.
    ½ lb Bacon
    bacon on a plate
  • Once the bacon is cooked, remove it from the skillet to a plate with paper towels to drain and lower the heat to medium-low.
  • Add the diced onion to the bacon fat still in the pan. Stir frequently and cook until the onions are soft and translucent.
    1 Yellow Onion
    cooking diced onions in a skillet
  • Once the onions are cooked, push them to one side of the skillet and drain off the excess grease still in the skillet from the other side.

Make the Sauce and Add the Beans

  • Add the ketchup (or chili sauce), brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and mustard to the onions in the skillet. Stir well until combined.
    ¼ Cup Ketchup or Chili Sauce, ¾ Cup Brown Sugar, 2 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce, 2 Tbsp Yellow Mustard
    sauce ingredients for smoked baked beans in a skillet
  • Crumble up the bacon you set aside and sprinkle and stir into the sauce.
    diced onions and sauce in a skillet
  • Next add the canned pork and beans (Do NOT drain) and stir well to incorporate everything together.
    2 28 oz cans Pork and Beans
    stirring baked beans before smoking
  • Turn off the heat and carefully take the hot skillet out to the preheated Pit Boss pellet grill.

Smoke the Baked Beans in the Pit Boss

  • Carefully carry your cast iron skillet out to the Pit Boss pellet grill set to 240°F and put it in the smoker uncovered and close the lid to the Pit Boss.
    placing a cast iron skillet of baked beans on pit boss to smoke
  • Stir every 30 minutes or so and rotate the cast iron skillet as needed depending on how evenly your Pit Boss throws off heat.
  • Let the smoked baked beans cook for about 3 hours and don’t stir for the last 30 minutes so that the top gets nice and brown. You can sprinkle on some more brown sugar during the last 15 minutes if you wish for additional color and sweetness.
    baked beans smoking on a pit boss pellet grill
  • Carefully remove the smoked baked beans from the Pit Boss to a heat proof surface or trivet and serve directly from the cast iron skillet.
    a spoonful of pit boss smoked baked beans

Nutrition

Calories: 250kcal
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