Dutch’s Wicked Baked Beans

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These Dutch’s Wicked Baked Beans were created by my good friend “Dutch” over at Smoking Meat Forums. His claim has always been that these are baked beans that will even make Chili Heads happy and he’s not wrong.

I have never cared for most baked bean recipes and I think these are absolutely amazing. I have made them so many times, it’s now muscle memory, no need for a recipe.

A great side for any meat you are cooking in the smoker!

What You’ll Need
  • 6-8 strips of bacon cut into 1/2 inch squares
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 1/2 bell pepper, diced
  • 1 – 2 jalapeño peppers, diced (seeding is optional)
  • 1 – 55 ounce can Bush’s Baked Beans
  • 1-8 ounce can of pineapple crushed or chunks, drained
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 to 1 TBS dry (ground) mustard
Step 1: Sauté

Sauté bacon pieces in fry pan until crispy and remove from pan with a slotted spoon. Sauté onion, bell pepper and jalapeño pepper until tender.

Step 2: Combine

In a large mixing bowl combine beans, pineapple, brown sugar, ketchup and dry mustard. Stir in bacon pieces and vegetables. Pour into a 12×9 or a deep 9×9 aluminum baking pan. (While mixing if things look dry, add additional ketchup ¼ cup at a time)

Step 3: Smoke Cook

Place in a 225°F (107°C) smoker for  3 hours or until the baked beans reach 160°F (71°C)

Note: You can also cook these in a 350°F oven for 1 hour.

Notes

If you are making these beans as a side dish for pork spare ribs, smoke the removed skirt meat for 1.5 hours, then dice the skirt meat and stir into the baked beans.

DISCLAIMER

With the jalapeño pepper and the dry mustard these beans have the potential for some MAJOR heat. CAUTION should be exercised when feeding these beans to small children and/or the elderly.

To make this recipe family friendly, reduce or omit the jalapeño pepper and the dry mustard.

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Dutch’s Wicked Baked Beans

Beans that will even make Chili Heads happy

  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 hours
  • Total Time: 3 hours 25 minutes
  • Category: Side Dish

Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 68 each strips of bacon cut into 1/2 inch squares
  • 1/2 each Medium onion (, diced)
  • 1/2 each Bell pepper (, diced)
  • 12 each Jalapeño Peppers (, diced (seeding is optional))
  • 1 can Bush's Baked Beans (55 ounces)
  • 1 can pineapple chunks or crushed (, drained (8 ounces))
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar (, packed)
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 TBS dry ((ground) mustard)

Instructions

  1. Sauté Sauté bacon pieces in fry pan until crispy and remove from pan with a slotted spoon. Sauté onion, bell pepper and jalapeño pepper until tender.
  2. Combine In a large mixing bowl combine beans, pineapple, brown sugar, ketchup and dry mustard. Stir in bacon pieces and vegetables. Pour into a 12X9 or a deep 9X9 aluminum baking pan. (While mixing if things look dry, add additional ketchup 1/4 -1/2 cup at a time)
  3. Cook Place in a 220-250°F smoker for 2 1/2 – 3 hours (make sure temperature of the baked beans reaches 160°F ) or place in a 350°F oven and bake for 1 hour.

Notes

If you are making these beans as a side dish for Kansas City style pork ribs, smoke the removed skirt meat for 1-1 1/2 hours, then dice the skirt meat and stir into the Baked Beans.

DISCLAIMER

With the jalapeño pepper and the dry mustard these beans have the potential for some MAJOR heat. CAUTION should be exercised when feeding these beans to small children and/or the elderly.

To make this recipe family friendly, omit the jalapeño pepper and the dry mustard.

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  1. I made these yesterday, and they were AWESOME! Really surprised that they were NOT as sweet as the ingredient list might suggest – so if you haven’t tried it, don’t knock it! I scaled this down to use one can (22 oz) Bush’s, plus another cup of beans I had left over from day before; One medium jalepeno, no seeds. Smoked on the Bull for 3 hours, first on max smoke 1/2 hr, then bumped to 250 to cruise along with chicken thighs. Fabulous! Never gonna do just “plain” baked beans again!

  2. I’m a chili guy, not so much for baked beans, as they are always too sweet to me. Starting with the canned beans and then adding the sugar and pineapple sounds like these would be over the top sweet for what we like. Not a complaint to the recipe, some love sweet. More asking if all that sugar is necessary?

  3. Growing up every Saturday was Baked Beans and Red Hot Dogs ( It a New England thing) So ID Never Ever insult this recipe with canned Beans ! Next time I make a pot I’ll then use use them in this recipe! If you like this with canned beans cook up a pot of homemade beans you’ll be glad you did !

  4. Jeff, I am planning on making these for a family BBQ. Are they really too spicy for kids, or is that just a little hype? It doesn’t really sound that spicy… but great…. and I typically don’t like baked beans either.

    1. I personally don’t think they’re that spicy but that would sort of depend on your jalapeños. I usually nibble on a small piece of the jalapeno and that tells me how hot it will be and guides how much jalapeño I add in or if I dip out some of the beans for the kids without jalapeños.

  5. These baked beans are AMAZING!!! I’ve been doing them for years and nothing compares to these. Thanks Jeff for including them in your first book and I look forward to many more recipes from you!!!

    Thanks!!!

  6. Cold smoked the bell pepper onion and pineapple first put the bacon in a food processor spread bacon on top then a good dusting of you’re rub put container in smoker for 3 hours came out great

  7. Been making these for years now for large events people go nuts for them, they are amazing.

    P.S. Stan get the stick out of you know where 😂

  8. best baked beans ever, hands down, no contest.
    I have made it a habit of going half ketchup and half BBQ sauce, as I like the extra kick but still the OG recipe is a winner either way

  9. Right on Jeff! Canned baked beans are the basis for every good baked bean recipe I have ever made!

  10. I read through the recipe and saw that the ingredients included canned baked beans. How disappointing. I was expecting something fresh and new.

    1. Stan, you can find a clone recipe for Bush’s baked beans if you want to do that. I am not a purist, I make a lot of stuff homemade but I’m not opposed to to using what’s in a can either if it works really well.

      For instance, I use store bought ketchup while I assume you make your own. If you have a problem with store bought products then you can certainly use this same recipe and make the canned beans own your own for use in the recipe.

      Regardless, it’s the best baked bean recipe I’ve ever had and that’s saying something because I don’t care for baked beans, homemade or otherwise.