Quick and Smoky Cajun Baked Beans
PREP TIME: 45 Minutes
SERVES: 6 to 8

Not everyone has time to make baked beans from scratch. This recipe begins with canned Great Northern beans, but the smoke of the grill and the sweet flavor of brown sugar and cane syrup will surprise even your resident baked bean expert.


  • 2 (15-ounce) cans Great Northern beans
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans pinto beans
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 pound bacon, cubed
  • 1 cup sugar cured ham, diced
  • 2 cups onions, diced
  • 1 cup red bell peppers, diced
  • 1/4 cup garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, grated
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/2 cup Steen's Cane Syrup
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tbsps Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp dried mustard powder
  • 1 tbsp prepared mustard
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 cup green onions, slicedsalt and cracked black pepper to taste

Light grill according to manufacturer's directions. Prepare 2 or 3 pieces of your favorite smoke wood to add to the pit once the bean pot has been placed over the coals. This recipe may also be prepared in your oven by baking at 350 degrees F for approximately 30 minutes. In a heavy-bottomed cast iron pot, place butter over medium-high heat. Add bacon and stir occasionally until fat is rendered and bacon is crispy, but not overcooked. Add ham, onions and bell peppers. Cook 5 to 7 minutes or until vegetables are wilted. Add all remaining ingredients except beans, stirring to blend well after each addition. Add beans, stir and bring mixture to a simmer. Place on the barbecue grill for 30 to 45 minutes stirring occasionally or until beans have picked up a nice smoky flavor.

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