Smoky And Spicy Baked Beans

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Sweet BBQ flavor, smoky chipotle heat…

We love adding heat to BBQ sides, particularly baked beans. They already have that sweet barbecue flavor that’s so ready for a spicy injection to amp things up. In this spicy baked beans recipe, we opt for chipotle pepper – arguably the most perfect barbecue chili around. Chipotle peppers deliver that jalapeño-level heat, but with that delicious smoky flavor to boot that pairs with sweet barbecue sauce so well.

We like using Sweet Baby Rays BBQ sauce in this recipe as it has just the right amount of sweetness, but feel free to use your favorite barbecue sauce or make your own. You can also temper the heat by adjusting the amount of chipotle used, though you’ll also lose some smokiness in the bargain.

Smoky And Spicy Baked Beans

4 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes



  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a large pan, cook the bacon until crispy, then drain the bacon slices on a paper towel.
  • Transfer 2 tablespoons of the bacon drippings into a large mixing bowl. Then dice the bacon and add it to the bowl as well.
  • Add the onion, BBQ sauce, Guinness, molasses, dijon mustard, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and soy sauce to the bowl. Stir to blend completely.
  • Add in chipotle chilies and Great Northern beans Stir to blend.
  • Place the mix into a baking dish, then bake for 1 hour to allow the sauce to thicken.
  • Remove the baking dish from the heat and allow the baked beans to cull for 5 minutes.
  • Serve immediately.
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on August 17, 2019 to include new content.
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