BBQ baked beans are a summer cookout must-have. Their sweet and smoky flavor pairs well with grilled hamburgers, hotdogs, chicken, and steaks. Though prepared BBQ baked beans can easily be purchased from the grocery store, they’re also easy to make — simply combine the ingredients in a foil-covered dish and bake them in the oven.
Baked beans get their signature sweetness from onions and brown sugar and their smoky flavor from bacon. This recipe also calls for liquid smoke to enhance the flavor. Liquid smoke is available in most grocery stores and online. If you can’t find it in your local supermarket try replacing the liquid smoke with a pinch of chipotle powder. You can also use smoked bacon (or cubes of smoked ham) along with (or in place of) the bacon to further enhance this recipe’s smoky flavor.
If you’ve never made BBQ baked beans from scratch, give this easy recipe a try.
Kristie Collado is The Daily Meal's Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @KColladoCook.