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Ken’s Famous Baked Beans
Ken’s Famous Baked Beans

Kens Famous Baked Beans, I love these beans; and everyone who has ever tried them has, too. They are even good cold. I have been working on this recipe for 30 years or so now. I added a lot more garlic now than in the beginning, but we like garlic more now. When I make them I don’t use a recipe or measure anything, I just do it. Most times I cook them on the grill; here they are on a Wood Pellet Grill/Smoker but you can do them in the oven to. I usually put them in a cast iron Dutch oven. But, all you need is something oven safe.

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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Kens Famous Baked Beans
A Pellet Grill Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours @325 degrees
Grill: Any Grill or the Oven
Green Mountain’s Gold Blend BBQ Pellet

Kens Famous Baked Beans
A Pellet Grill Recipe

Ingredients: Baked Beans

  • ½ lb. bacon
  • 1 large sweet onion, chopped
  • 3 1 lb. cans of baked beans (We like Bush’s brand.)
  • 1 Tbsp. minced garlic (now I add about 2 cups of peeled garlic cloves)
  • ½ Tbsp. Liquid Smoke
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. prepared mustard
Ken’s Famous Baked Beans
In the Smoke on a Wood Pellet Grill/Smoker, Beans on the right

Note:  Any bean will do…
But, keep in mind that the better bean you start with, the better the bean you’ll end with.

Kens Famous Baked Beans
A Pellet Grill Recipe

Directions: Kens Famous Baked Beans

2 hours before you light your grill start your beans. Fry your bacon until crisp, remove while reserving about 2 Tbsp. of the drippings. Sauté the onions and garlic in the bacon drippings until tender. Crumble bacon, and then add it with the rest of the ingredients. Put into a casserole dish. Mix well and bake uncovered for 2 hours at 325.

Tip: Cut the bacon about 2” long with kitchen shears before cooking.

Note: A lot of the time I just put this on the smoker, depends on how much room I have. I let them go until they are thick. Keep in mind that the beans are already cooked and you’re just providing heat and smoke to help all the good flavors blend.

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 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, 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.

Ken’s Famous Baked Beans
Just Going on the Grill, see the Garlic Pie in the Back

Ken’s Famous Baked Beans
Let’s Eat

Kens Famous Baked Beans
A Pellet Grill Recipe

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.

Kens Famous Baked Beans
A Pellet Grill Recipe

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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This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Mark

    Question: since the beans are not being cooked but warmed and flavor enhanced, why not keep it at 250 to add more smoke flavor? (and, for that matter, leave out the liquid smoke).

  2. Dgundvaldson

    1tbsp minced garlic or 2 cups of peeled cloves?

    1. Ken Fisher

      We like garlic, add the garlic to your taste, if you like eating the whole cloves (I do) use those. Want it more blended try the minced.

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