Grilled Baked Beans

Grilled Baked Beans

by Chef Jason from 5280 Culinary

Looking for a side dish that will have everyone begging for seconds?  Give this baked bean recipe an opportunity to dazzle the family and amaze the neighbors with this side dish on your Traeger (grill).

How To Make Baked Beans On A Traeger (grill)

This recipe is the feel-good hit of the summer, loaded with flavor and has some cool hints of coffee too. Add that wood fired flavor from your pellet grill and you have a perfect side dish.

Yield: 10-12 Servings

Prep Time: 15-20 Minutes

Cook Time: 35 – 40 Minutes

Cook Temp: 450˚ – Cook Temp  |  450˚ Finishing Temp


Measure       Ingredient                                                                  Prep Notes      

4 cans           Pinto Beans, 15 oz can                                             Drained, Lightly rinsed

1 pound        Bacon, Applewood, Raw, Thick Sliced                    Rough chopped     

1 tbsp           Garlic, Fresh, Crushed                                                      

1 ea              Pepper, Red Bell                                                         Diced small

1 ea              Pepper, Green Bell                                                     Diced small

1 cup            Sugar, Brown, Dark                                       

1 tbsp           Vanilla Extract                                                            Or paste

½ cup           Maple Syrup                                                            

1 cup            Tomato Puree, Canned                                            

1 cup            High Altitude BBQ Sauce, 5280 Culinary                

4 tbsp           Oink Rub, 5280 Culinary                               

3 tbsp           Island Boys Coffee Rub, 5280 Culinary                  

Preparation Directions:

Wash all tools prior to use

Prep and measure out ingredients as listed above

Clean and sanitize all cutting boards and prep surfaces prior to use

Read all manufacturer’s instructions before using grills, or any cooking tools

Clean out Traeger (grill) as needed and change drip tray liner

Fill pellet hopper with Reserve Blend Pellets

Set Traeger (grill) to 500˚, hit enter and hit ignite

While Traeger (grill) is heating up – add Lodge Cast Iron Dutch Oven (without lid)

Once Traeger (grill) reaches temp, proceed as listed below

Open Traeger (grill) lid and add the bacon to the Dutch oven, close the lid and allow bacon to cook / render for 10 minutes

Open the Traeger (grill) lid and stir the bacon, add the garlic and peppers, close the lid and allow garlic, peppers and bacon to cook for 10 minutes.

Open the Traeger (grill) lid and add the beans, sugar, vanilla, syrup, tomato puree, BBQ sauce and spices.  Stir to combine.  Close the lid and cook for 15 minutes

Open the Traeger (grill) lid and carefully stir the beans, take a sample taste (be careful, they are hot) adjust seasoning if needed and sweetness if desired

Continue to cook in 5-minute increments (without Dutch oven lid) until desired thickness is reached

Chef’s Tip:  Beans will thicken by about 10% when cooling

Carefully remove Dutch oven using heat proof gloves and bring into kitchen

Allow to cool for 5 minutes prior to serving

To store beans, cool completely at room temp, place into storage container and cover

Shelf life: 3 days

  Shopping ListTraeger Ironwood 885                                                           Ace SKU – 8030462

Reserve Blend Pellets                                                             Ace SKU – 8015887

Lodge, Cast Iron Dutch Oven 10.25”, 5 qt                       Ace SKU – 6102925

Oink Rub, 5280 Culinary                                                      Ace SKU – 8562043

Island Boys Coffee Rub, 5280 Culinary                          Ace SKU – 8059876

High Altitude BBQ Sauce, 5280 Culinary                      Ace SKU – 8560088

Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions before using any product.

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