Grilled Bourbon Baked Beans is a surprising treat for your next meal. Break out your favorite whiskey to add a sweet flavor and grill it in the Dutch Oven for an amazing dish!
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🔥 Grilling Instructions
Start out by making sure you have chopped up fully-cooked bacon. Use quality bacon, whether it be thinly sliced or the sink your teeth in thick slices. Both work great here! Heck, you could even cure and smoke your own bacon.
Step One: If using a bag of dried beans, make sure you start soaking these the night before. If you feel like in the morning they need a bit more softening, use your slow cooker on high and it will help them soften up more quickly. This time I used a mix of dried beans and canned.
Step Two: Pour all the ingredients into a dutch oven and stir until well combined. Place over a 325 degree grill set up for indirect heat. It should simmer for three to six hours or until all the beans are soft and the baked beans have thickened. Make sure to stir it periodically.
💡 Recipe Tips
You can make these by leaving out the Bourbon. Bourbon tends to bring out a sweet flavor and oftentimes you will see people substitute brown sugar or maple syrup. Since we already have brown sugar and peach jam in here, I would just let it go and not add additional sugars if you are leaving out the bourbon. I used some from our local distillery, KO Distilling. The have a great “Bare Knuckle” line that I like a lot.
If you don’t have the time to soak the dried beans overnight, substitute four cans of Navy Beans. You aren’t going to notice a huge difference so don’t worry about it. I prefer to use dried beans because it is less expensive, but it does require some additional effort.
🍽️ Alternative Slow Cooker Instructions
If your grill is tied up with another recipe, you can make this in your slow cooker. Place all the ingredients in the slow cooker and stir well. Turn on low and cook for 6-8 hours on low. Stir every few of hours.
📌 Items to Note
You can store these in freezer safe containers like the Rubbermaid brand that have the red or grey lids like these.
Alternatively, use Ziploc freezer safe gallon bags. Fill them up, zip up and lay them flat in the freezer. That works great as well.
Don’t use the Take-a-longs version as they crack and don’t hold a great seal in the freezer and you will end up throwing away good food. Those are great for a couple days in the refrigerator though.
Usually there are ideas to meal prep food for the grill and if I am planning on having a cookout with friends, I tend to lean towards anything that can help me speed up time when they are coming over.
- Start the beans on the grill very early on in the day so they are almost ready when friends come over.
- Baked Beans are great the second day so you could make these the day before and just reheat them on the grill the day of the cookout.
- If you plan to make these the same day, measure everything that you can into a bowl and then just do a “dump and go” when you are ready to make them. Look at the instructions above. All of the ingredients are added together so you don’t need to do anything special here besides dump and go.
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Bourbon Peach Baked Beans on the Grill
- Dutch Oven
- 8 oz Bacon crumbled, cooked
- 1/2 lb Navy Beans soaked overnight
- 1 can Black Beans drained
- 1 can Pinto Beans drained
- 1 cup Molasses
- 1/2 cup Tomato Paste
- `1 cup Water
- 1/4 cup Yellow Mustard
- 1/4 cup Honey
- 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
- 1/4 cup Bourbon
- 1/2 Onion large, chopped
- 2 cloves Garlic minced
- 2 tbsp Ketchup
- 1/2 jar Peach Preserves
- Combine all the ingredients into a six quartt Dutch Oven and place on grilll on indirect heat for up to 6 hours at 325 degrees. Stir every 30 minutes or so.
- Taste test at the 1-2 hour mark. I like to decide if I need a little bit more sweetness or tanginess and adjust. For more sweetness, add ketchup or brown sugar. For more Tanginess, add yellow mustard.
- Remove from the grill when the beans are soft and the sauce has thickened. I think these taste even better on the second day and are perfect for leftovers!