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Chuckwagon Baked Beans
Chuckwagon Baked Beans


Chuckwagon Baked Beans with 3 different beans. We love “Ken’s Famous Baked Beans” (Ours). I have been working on this recipe for over thirty years and they are the best. But our Chuckwagon Baked Beans rattle the wagon! They are good both hot or cold!

I saw where someone made a 3 bean baked beans using butter beans, great northern beans and  pork ‘n beans. I like all these beans but was thinking they are too soft for what we had in mind.

We took pintos, kidney and mixed them with some pork ‘n beans for our 3 beans. Then smoked them for 4 hours with some ribs on our Green Mountain Grill.

I think these are hands down the best baked beans I have even eaten. They had a “Fuller” or “Hardier” Big Bean flavor. The “Kiss of Smoke” gave it the “Southwestern” flavor of hours over the campfire.

Our friends didn’t really care about the ribs we served, they always enjoy those. They did fuss about the beans and what they didn’t eat they took home. I made 6 pounds hoping for a few leftovers for later. Already planning on more next week.

Patti and I have set one night a week just for us. It’s our date night. We usually put something special on our Green Mountain Wood Pellet Grill/Smoker but sometimes we cook inside. We always eat outside on our patio where it is very comfortable with a rainforest theme.  Wood Pellet Patio Heater, little lights, candles, lanterns and surround sound. We enjoy a little wine, or strawberry margaritas using frozen strawberries for ice, good food, music and sometimes a dance or two…

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Chuckwagon Baked Beans
A Wood Pellet Grill Recipe

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours @ 250* (121c)
Grill: Green Mountain Wood Pellet Grill
Pellets: Green Mountain Grills Fruitwood Pellet Blend

Ingredients: Chuckwagon Baked Beans

  • 2-27-ounce cans pinto beans
  • 2-27-ounce cans kidney beans
  • 1-59 ounce can pork ‘n beans
  • 1lb. maple bacon, chopped into 2” pieces (We used “Ends & Pieces)
  • 2 sweet onions, rough chopped
  • 2 cups dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup our Bacon Bourbon BBQ Sauce
  • ½ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ cup spicy brown mustard
  • ¼ cup minced smoked garlic
  • Cooking Spray (We used Duck Fat)

Chuckwagon Baked Beans
A Wood Pellet Grill Recipe
Some of Our Ingredients
Into Your Dutch Oven

Chuckwagon Baked Beans
A Wood Pellet Grill Recipe

Cooking Directions: Chuckwagon Baked Beans

Spray large Dutch oven with cooking spray. (We used Duck Fat)

Sauté bacon and set aside.

Add the beans onions, minced garlic and bacon into the Dutch oven and thoroughly blend in remaining ingredients.

Place directly onto the grill at 250* (121c) for about 4 hours or until done to your taste. If you want a darker thicker baked bean cook them longer, same goes if you want them lighter don’t cook them as long. This is truly one of those recipes that you cook “To Taste”.

Note: I have made the beans from scratch, long cook and not any better. Using canned beans is easier but it’s still a long cook. Just use the best canned beans you can find.
Ready for the Grill


I use a Maverick ProTemp Instant Read Thermometer for checking meat temps.

Note: I get a lot of questions about the kind of pellets you can use with a recipe. Keep in mind that a recipe is just an outline. Some you need to follow closely like when you are making bread, but most you can do anything you can dream, our favorite way to cook. Feel free to mix and match the pellets until you find a combination you really like. Also, you are only smoking at temps less than 250 degrees (122c), anything higher is cooking and there will not be much if any smoke so it does not matter what kind of pellet you are using.

Chuckwagon Baked Beans
A Wood Pellet Grill Recipe
On the Grill
A “Kiss of Smoke”
An Hour in the Smoke

Chuckwagon Baked Beans
A Wood Pellet Grill Recipe
In the Smoke for 4 Hours

Cooking in the Oven:

We have been getting requests for recipe conversions for the oven. I tell folks all the time that cooking on a Wood Pellet Grill/Smoker is just as easy as cooking in your oven. Just about anyone can do it and do it well. Think about it. You set your control knob to the temp you want, put your meat in and leave it for a set time. It is the same thing, time and temperature is what it is all about. The Grill is just like your oven except it uses wood pellets and has wheels.
I do 4 hours @ 250* (121c).

Chuckwagon Baked Beans
A Wood Pellet Grill Recipe

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About our Recipes

We do our recipes on our patio where we have a lineup of grills, including Green Mountain, Uuni Wood Fired Pizza Oven, Sawtooth, Louisiana, Royall, Memphis, Traeger pellet grills, Char Griller side box smoker, Saber, Charmglow, Char-Broil, The Big Easy, Lodge Sportsman’s, Brinkman and Weber. I call it our “Wall of Grill”. Our grilling styles are healthy and low fat and will fit pelletheads, gas, natural wood and even charcoal purists. Almost any of our recipes can be done on any kind of good BBQ.

The important thing to keep in mind is TIME & TEMPERATURE. You can do our recipes on any grill, even some of them in the oven or crock pot, but, then you lose all the flavors you get from cooking outdoors. But sometimes it does rain.

Remember that a recipe is simply an outline; it is not written in stone. Don’t be afraid to make changes to suit your taste. Take it and run with it….

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Ken & Patti

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