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.
PORK BELLY BBQ BEANS
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.