Smoky BBQ Beans

Serves 6

Prep Time 15 minutes

Cook Time 1 hour


2 tins (approx 500g drained weight) small white beans, such as cannellini
400g smoked bacon, diced
1 onion, diced
2 chipotle chillies
5 cloves garlic, crushed or grated
2 tablespoons tomato puree
1 tablespoon treacle
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 bay leaves
2 cloves
1 cinnamon stick
500ml chicken or beef stock



This is a quick version of a classic BBQ bean recipe, using pre-cooked beans to speed up the cooking. While it’s true that beans soaked overnight and cooked in the sauce will always produce better results, this version is delicious. Sometimes you just need beans! If you want the beans extra smoky, use the smoking box filled with wood chips for the final 20 minutes of cooking.

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1. Put the bacon in a large, lidded casserole dish and gently cook until the fat begins to render out - around 10 minutes.

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2. Add the onions, and cook until soft and starting to colour.​​​​​​​

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3. Add the garlic and cook for a minute or so, stirring, then add all the other ingredients.​​​​​​​

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4. Light 1 burner on the Jupiter Outback BBQ and set the heat to low. Transfer the beans to the BBQ and put the lid on. Cook, stirring regularly, for 40 minutes.​​​​​​​

5. Prepare the smoke box with wood chips for smoking (if using). Light a gas burner on the opposite side of the BBQ and place the smoke box directly over the heat. Remove the lid on the beans and close the lid of the BBQ. Cook for a further 20 minutes.​​​​​​​

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6. Serve the beans with toast, barbecued meats or a jacket potato.​​​​​​​

About the recipe author

Helen Graves The Author

Helen Graves is an award-winning recipe, food and travel writer with a particular interest in barbecue. She writes freelance for many major food and drink publications and is editor of Pit, the UK's first independent magazine about live-fire cooking. Helen has created a series of exclusive recipes for Outback that focus on maximising flavour for the home cook using lots of spices, fresh herbs and BBQ techniques.