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How to Make Smoked Baked Beans on a Traeger Pellet Grill

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!

smoked baked beans on a traeger pellet grill

Baked beans are a perfect accompaniment to any great BBQ meal.

Potato salad, deviled eggs, and macaroni and cheese, are all great too.

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!

You can smoke them right alongside your Traeger 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 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.

smoked baked beans cooking on a traeger pellet grill

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.

a can of pork and beans

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!

 

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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.

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.

a hand holding wood pellets

If you are smoking your baked beans on the Traeger 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 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

the traeger ironwood 885

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.

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

We’ve previously covered how to start a Traeger, how to season a Traeger, how to change the pellets in a Traeger, amd even how to troubleshoot a Traeger that won’t ignite.

We also recently compared our two favorite Traeger models head to head if you’re in the market for a new Traeger or to upgrade your old one.

Or hop over and check out this Complete Guide to Understanding How a Pellet Grill Works first if you are interested in learning more.

Otherwise, if you already know your Traeger inside and out, skip down to the recipe below!

 

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.

wood pellets in a traeger grill

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.pellets falling into fire pot
  • 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.a traeger grill starting to make smoke
  • 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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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 Traeger Pellet Grill

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.

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 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.

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 the 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 Traeger pellet grill.

baked beans smoking on a traeger pellet grill

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 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.

smoked baked beans in a traeger 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.

 

Best Ways to Serve Traeger Smoked Baked Beans

finished 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!

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 Traeger smoked corn on the cob, Traeger smoked mac and cheese, smoked baked potatoes, green beans, and cauliflower!

For something richer, you can indulge in some smoked sweet potatoes to accompany your meal as well and finish everything off with an out of this world smoked peach cobbler!

Enjoy!

 

What Else Can I Smoke on my Traeger?

smoke coming out when seasoning a traeger pellet grill

So glad you asked!

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.

You’ve come to right place!

Pork

 

Beef

 

Seafood

 

Poultry

 

Lamb

 

Sides and Desserts

smoked baked beans on a traeger pellet grill

Traeger Smoked Baked Beans

Traeger 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 Traeger pellet grill, and smoke the baked beans to perfection!
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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

  • 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

Ingredients
  

  • 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

Instructions
 

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

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.
    a hand holding 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
    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, ½ 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.
    ½ lb Bacon
    diced onions and sauce in a skillet
  • 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
    stirring baked beans before smoking
  • 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.
    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 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.
    baked beans smoking on a pit boss pellet grill
  • Carefully remove the smoked baked beans from the Traeger 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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