Learn how to make smoked baked beans on a Traeger Pellet Grill!
We take you step-by-step through the ingredients and cookware you’ll need, setting up your Traeger pellet grill, and smoking the baked beans to perfection!
Baked beans are a perfect accompaniment to any great BBQ meal.
But if you want to throw a great barbecue, you’ve got to also have baked beans.
Thankfully there is no reason to run back and forth from the meat on the Traeger to the stove or oven inside to tend to the baked beans, because you can make smoked baked beans right on your Traeger pellet grill!
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 Traeger!
What you Need to Make Smoked Baked Beans on a Traeger Pellet Grill
A Cast Iron Skillet
In order to make really great smoked baked beans on your Traeger pellet grill, you will preferably need a 12 inch cast iron skillet to smoke them in.
When it comes to using cast iron, like we do for everything from our smoked green beans to smoked peach cobbler, we like anything from Lodge, such as this Lodge 12 inch skillet for smoked baked beans.
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 Traeger 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 Traeger 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.
We found the canned pork and beans gave a very classic flavor and texture for the Traeger smoked baked beans.
If you are avoiding meat, and don’t want to use classic pork and beans, 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 will 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 the brown sugar down 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!
The Best Wood Pellets for Smoking Baked Beans on a Traeger Pellet Grill
Smoked Baked Beans will absorb a fair amount of smoke flavor on the Traeger since they are a wet side dish.
If, however, you are smoking the baked beans by themselves, we would recommend either hickory pellets 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 Traeger hopper outside.
Traeger pellets do not last forever, but will definitely last a LOT longer if stored indoors in a quality airtight container.
How a Traeger Pellet Grill Works
In order to cook ANYTHING well on a Traeger pellet grill, you need to first have a basic understanding of how a pellet grill works.
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Add your Hardwood Pellets
First, you add hardwood pellets into the side hopper.
The Traeger 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 Traeger
There is a specific start up process for the Traeger brand pellet grills you can read all about in depth here if you aren’t sure how to fire it up the first time.
Otherwise, here is the basic process for how to start a Traeger before throwing on your food:
- Plug in the grill.
- Flip the power switch to ON and turn the dial to “Smoke”.
- You will hear the fan kick on and the auger start to move and begin to kick pellets into the fire pot. Your fire rod will begin to heat up as well.
- Leave the lid open for about 5-7 minutes until you start to see white billowing smoke come out of the grill. This happens when the pellets are first igniting.
- Once a smoke is being produced, close the lid and change the temperature dial to your desired temperature setting.
- Allow about 10-15 minutes to preheat the grill.
- While you are waiting, make sure you’ve got the drip pan in place and the grease bucket hanging to catch any grease that comes out during the cook. Use a grease bucket liner to minimize cleanup later.
- Put your grates on if they aren’t already in place.
- Using a good bristle free grill brush, clean off the grill grates if there is any leftover stuck on food from the last cook.
- When the pellet grill comes up to temperature go ahead and put on your food!
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How to Make Smoked Baked Beans on a Traeger Pellet Grill
Set the Traeger Temperature
The best temperature to smoke your baked beans on the Traeger is going to be 240°F.
We just wouldn’t recommend smoking the baked beans any higher than about 275°F on the Traeger 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 main 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 Traeger 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.
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.
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 the Beans
Next you will add the ketchup (or chili sauce), brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and mustard to the onions in the skillet.
Stir well until combined.
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.
Turn off the heat and carefully take the hot skillet out to the preheated Traeger pellet grill.
Smoke the Baked Beans in the Traeger
Now it’s time to smoke your baked beans in the Traeger pellet grill!
Carefully carry your cast iron skillet out to the Traeger 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 Traeger throws off heat.
We liked putting ours toward the left side of our Traeger that tends to get a little less upward heat from the flame broiler directly underneath compared to the center.
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.
Best Ways to Serve Traeger Smoked Baked Beans
The best part about smoking your Traeger 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!
What Else Can I Smoke on my Traeger?
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Check out some of our other favorite recipes below that can all be easily modified for a Traeger pellet grill if not done so already.
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- Traeger 3-2-1 Pork Ribs
- Traeger Smoked Pork Loin
- Traeger Smoked Pork Spare Ribs
- Pellet Grill Smoked Pork Chops
- Pellet Grilled Bratwurst
- Gas Grilled Bratwurst
- Smoked Fresh Holiday Ham
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- Traeger Beef Tenderloin with Horseradish Cream
- Traeger Smoked Beef Brisket
- Traeger Smoked Chuck Roast
- Traeger Smoked Pot Roast
- Traeger Smoked Beef Short Ribs
- Perfect Smoked London Broil
- Smoked Ribeye Roast
- Smoked Corned Beef
- Smoked Ribeye Steaks
- Smoked Filet Mignon
- Hot and Fast Pellet Grill Beef Brisket
- Pellet Grilled Steak
- Perfect Grilled Hamburgers
- Smoked Eye of Round Roast Beef
- Easy Smoked Flank Steak
- Smoked Tomahawk Steaks
- Smoked Bottom Round Roast
- Smoked Sirloin Tip Roast
- Smoked Rump Roast
- Traeger Smoked Salmon
- Honey Smoked Salmon
- Smoked Oysters in a Garlic White Wine Sauce
- Smoked Scallops with Lemon Butter Sauce
- Smoked Lobster Tails
- Easy Smoked Tilapia
- Perfect Smoked Halibut
- Smoked Mahi Mahi Fillets
- Smoked Swordfish Steaks
- Smoked Crab Legs with Cajun Clarified Butter
- Smoked Mackerel with Maple Balsamic Glaze
- Smoked Catfish with Cajun BBQ Rub
- Smoked Red Snapper with Blackening Rub
- Smoked Trout
- Smoked Tuna Steaks
- Traeger Smoked Whole Chicken
- Traeger Smoked Chicken Thighs
- Traeger Smoked Chicken Breasts
- Traeger Smoked Chicken Legs
- Traeger Smoked Chicken Wings
- Smoked Turkey Burgers
- Smoked Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs
- Smoked Chicken Tenders
- Smoked Chicken Leg Quarters
- Beer Can Chicken on a Pellet Grill
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- Pellet Grill Smoked Turkey Breast
- Pellet Grill Turkey
- Easy Smoked Turkey Legs
- Spatchcocked Smoked Turkey on a Pellet Grill
- Smoked Chicken Salad
- Trash Can Turkey – OK, technically not made on a grill or smoker but one of the most fun ways there is to cook a Turkey…at over 700 degrees in only 2 hours!
- Smoked Leg of Lamb with Guinness Marinade
- Smoked Lamb Chops with a Balsamic Butter Sauce
- Smoked Rack of Lamb with Garlic and Rosemary or Smoker
- Smoked and Pulled Lamb Shoulder with a Turkish Spice Rub
- Smoked Lamb Shanks
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- Smoked Potato Salad
- Smoked Baked Potatoes
- Smoked Twice Baked Potatoes
- Smoked Asparagus
- Easy Smoked Broccoli
- Smoked Cauliflower
- Smoked Green Beans
- Sticky Smoked Sweet Potatoes
- Smoked Pineapple in a Maple Bourbon Sauce
- Smoked Carrots with a Honey Balsamic Glaze
- Smoked Hard Boiled Eggs
- Smoked Deviled Eggs
- Smoked Egg Salad
- Smoked Cream Cheese
- Smoked Cream Cheese Dip with Bacon and Cheddar
- Smoked Pig Shots
- Smoked Jalapeno Poppers
- Smoked Garlic
- Frozen Pizza on a Pellet Grill
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- Masterbuilt Smoked Cheese
- Smoked Gouda Cheese
- Smoked Peaches
- Smoked Peach Cobbler
Traeger Smoked Baked Beans
- Traeger Pellet Grill
- Wood Pellets preferably oak, hickory, or a blend.
- 12 Inch Cast Iron Skillet
- Paper Towel Lined Plate
- Knife and Cutting Board
- Wooden Spoon
- ½ lb Bacon 8 slices regular cut, 5-6 slices thick cut
- 1 Yellow Onion small or medium, diced
- ¼ Cup Ketchup or Chili Sauce
- ½ Cup Brown Sugar packed. Or reduce the amount for less sweetness. Set aside another 1-2 tbsp to sprinkle on towards the end.
- 2 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
- 2 Tbsp Yellow Mustard
- 2 28 oz cans Pork and Beans do not drain
- Take the time first to dice the onion and measure out all your your other ingredients.1 Yellow Onion
Start the Traeger Pellet Grill
- Remove the fire pot from the bottom of the Traeger 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.
- Load the hopper of the Traeger with your chosen wood pellets.
- Turn on the Traeger and move the dial to the "Smoke" setting.
- Leave the lid open for 5-7 minutes until you start seeing white billowing smoke stop coming out of the grill. This means the initial pellets are now ignited.
- Place a disposable bucket liner in the grease bucket as well if you want to limit cleanup later.
- Set the temperature on the control panel to 240° 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
- 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
- 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, ½ Cup Brown Sugar, 2 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce, 2 Tbsp Yellow Mustard
- Crumble up the bacon you set aside and sprinkle and stir into the sauce.½ lb Bacon
- Next add the two 28 oz cans of pork and beans (Do NOT drain) and stir well to incorporate everything together.2 28 oz cans Pork and Beans
- Turn off the heat and carefully take the hot skillet out to the preheated Traeger pellet grill.
Smoke the Baked Beans on the Traeger
- Carefully carry your cast iron skillet out to the Traeger pellet grill set to 240°F and put it in the smoker uncovered and close the lid.
- Stir every 30 minutes or so and rotate the cast iron skillet as needed depending on how evenly your Traeger 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.
- Carefully remove the smoked baked beans from the Traeger to a heat proof surface or trivet and serve directly from the cast iron skillet.