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Quarantine Beans

Want something new to add to your barbecue lineup? Try baked beans, easy and will work with any meat you have on hand.
Whether smoked, on the grill or in the oven, barbecued beans are a great addition to your summertime cooking lineup. Photo: Willy Grant

During the pandemic, I have spent a lot of time barbecuing on the weekends.  I find that it’s my escape from what’s going on the world.  Even though I bake these beans on my smoker,  you can cook them on a regular grill using indirect heat or even in your oven at home.  I add different vegetables or meats depending on what I have on hand.   


3 cans of baked beans

1 onion, diced

1 red bell pepper, diced

1 jalapeno pepper, minced

½ cup of your favourite BBQ sauce

1 T of your favourite BBQ rub

½ cup of water

1 pound of diced smoked pork belly (or whatever leftover smoked meats you have on hand). 

1 T of olive oil, divided

Method: Sauté onions in a cast iron pan on your BBQ with ½ T of olive oil until translucent or even caramelized.

Sauté red bell pepper and jalapeno pepper with remaining ½ T of olive oil until soft.

Put all of the above ingredients into a BBQ safe pan. I like to use a disposable aluminium tray so there is less clean up.  Stir to combine.

Put uncovered tray into smoker at 190 - 210 degrees and smoke for 3 hours.  Check at one hour intervals and stir.  If using a BBQ grill to cook, put tray on indirect heat and cook on low heat.