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Florida Smoked BBQ Beans

Not your traditional Boston-style baked beans, this recipe calls for hearty flavors and plenty of protein. Our take on BBQ baked beans is the perfect side dish to go along with your cookout or even as a meal on its own because its closer to a stew than baked beans! This recipe has minimum preparation and quick cooking on the smoker. Good ingredients and help from Those Florida Guys results in a sweet, thick, rich, slightly spicy dish. These BBQ beans are far from ordinary and everything you could want from baked beans. Guaranteed to be a hit at home and the cookout!

Those Florida Guys seasonings used in this recipe:

Yields: 8-10 Servings | Prep Time: 25 Minutes | Total Time: 3 Hours


1 lb. bacon (pork belly or brisket works great too!)

1 lb. ground sausage

½ link smoked kielbasa diced (optional)

5 cloves garlic minced

1 yellow onion diced

1 can kidney beans (15.5 oz., drained)

3 cans pinto beans (15.5 oz., drained)

1 can black beans (15.5 oz., drained)

1 beer (we used lager)

1 c. ketchup

5 tbs. apple cider vinegar

2 tbs. dry mustard

6 tbs. Those Florida Guys FL Gulf BBQ

¾ c. maple syrup

¼ c. brown sugar

1 tbs. pepper sauce (we used Tabasco Chipotle)


1 | Chop the bacon into squares, sprinkle on 1 tbs. FL Gulf BBQ, and sauté in a skillet on low heat until just barely crispy, about 5-7 minutes. Remove and set aside.

2 | Add the diced onion to the bacon fat and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Remove and set aside.

3 | Drain the bacon fat, reserving approximately 6 tbs.

4 | Add 3 tbs. of bacon fat to the pan, then add the ground sausage, minced garlic, and 1 tbs. FL Gulf BBQ to the skillet.

5 | Brown the ground beef in the bacon fat, about 7 minutes. Remove and set aside.

6 | Add 3 tbs. of bacon fat to the pan, then add the diced kielbasa and 1 tbs. FL Gulf BBQ to the skillet, heating it through over low heat, about 5 minutes, constantly tossing to prevent charring. Remove and set aside.

7 | In a medium saucepan, combine the ketchup, apple cider vinegar, dry mustard, maple syrup, brown sugar, about 3-4 oz. beer, Tabasco, and 1 tbs. FL Gulf BBQ. Bring to a simmer, then remove from the heat.

8 | Add the drained beans, bacon, sausage, kielbasa, and sauce to a medium-large aluminum pan. Mix ingredients thoroughly.

9 | Bring the smoker up to 225 degrees.

10 | Smoke the beans uncovered for 1-1.5 hours, stirring occasionally to allow the smoke to penetrate the mixture.

11 | Bring the smoker up to 350 degrees.

12 | Check the liquid level and add beer if it looks low, stirring in thoroughly. Cover the pan with aluminum foil and put back in the smoker for another hour.

**adjust the cooking time and additional beer to get the consistency desired, either looser or tighter sauce**

13 | Once the beans have the desired consistency, pull from the heat and allow to cool on the counter.

14 | Serve and enjoy!

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