Top Barbecue Beans Recipes

The Most Popular and Best Barbecue Bean Recipes

From the Boston to California, barbecue is frequently served up next to a bowl or beans. Regardless of the type of beans, they make the perfect accompaniment to any kind of grilled or smoked meats. In fact, one of my favorite additions to beans is grilled or smoked meats. You will find that several of the recipes on this list call for Burnt Ends. These heavily smoked pieces of brisket are the perfect way to add flavor to any bean dish.

Beans of any type, whether dry or canned, should be given plenty of time to cook, low and slow. This lets the flavors blend.

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    Carolina Barbecue Beans

    Carolina Barbecue Beans
    Carolina Barbecue Beans. Sabrina S. Baksh/Regarding BBQ Inc.

    These Carolina Style Barbecue Beans combine cider vinegar and ketchup to give them that Southern barbecue flavor. While this BBQ bean recipe calls for a can of pork and beans as a base you can use additional lima and kidney beans with some smoked pork to give it a delicious flavor. This is perfect with pulled pork and the addition of some smoky barbecue bark makes it even better.

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    Boston Baked Beans

    Boston Baked Beans
    Boston Baked Beans. Regarding BBQ Inc.

    There are probably a thousand recipes for Boston Baked Beans. This one is a great place to start developing yours. These beans are sweet and savory, but not spicy hot.

  • 03 of 08

    Judy Mills's From-Scratch Baked Beans

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    "Judy wrote out the recipe for me" says Mike Mills, "and I've altered it using dried beans. The color will be lighter since you're starting with white beans, and the texture will be just a little firmer. You'll have to start a day early to soak the beans, but I guarantee the end result will be worth the extra time and effort."

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    Cowboy Beans

    Cowboy Beans
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    In Texas, beans mean Pinto Beans. These beans are cooked up with brisket burnt ends and barbecue sauce to make them the perfect side dish for barbecue brisket. If you don't have burnt ends try a grilled steak cooked well over a smoky fire or some smoky bacon. Either way, a good dose of smoke flavor is what these beans need to make them authentic.

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    Kansas City Baked Beans

    Kansas City Baked Beans
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    These baked beans get their flavor from Brisket Burnt Ends. These are the extra smoky bits of a smoked brisket. Burnt Ends are a little tough on their own, but the perfect addition to beans. Give the burnt ends time to absorb some of the liquid in this recipe and release their great flavor.

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    Smoked Beans

    Smoked Beans
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    To get that authentic smoked flavor into these barbecue beans, add pieces of smoked meat to it. I always try to save something back from any smoking I do so I have something to add to soups, beans, and more. Burnt ends are the perfect meat for these beans, but any heavily smoked pieces of meat will work.

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    Hot and Spicy Barbecue Beans

    Hot and Spicy Beans
    Hot and Spicy Beans. Regarding BBQ, Inc.

    This is what it says it is, "hot and spicy." You can tone it down a bit by reducing the spicy ingredients if you must. This barbecue beans dish is a great side dish for beef brisket or pork ribs. One thing to remember, spicy intensifies with time, so the longer these beans cook the spicier they get.

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    Santa Maria Pinquito Beans

    Santa Maria Pinquito Beans
    Santa Maria Pinquito Beans. Sabrina S. Baksh/Regarding BBQ, Inc.

    Pinquito Beans are native to the Santa Maria Valley in Southern California. They are a cross between a small pink and a small white bean. They are available for purchase online or you can substitute pinto beans. These beans are the traditional side dish of Santa Maria Barbecue.