Pit Beans

 Pit Beans

These beans are sweet, smoky and meaty. They are hearty and the perfect side and compliment for any backyard BBQ. This recipe is one my buddy Michael Letchworth, partner at Sam Jones BBQ, cooks at our annual Memorial Day Whole Hog party. He has been cooking this with Sam's family since his days at the legendary Skylight Inn.

Meat Church How To YouTube Video: https://youtu.be/YpdbrZu4_K0


  • 1 3 lb, 7 oz can Bush's Baked Beans
  • 1 lb ground meat
  • 16 ounces of your favorite sweet bbq sauce
  • 1/2 sweet onion, diced
  • 1/2 bell pepper, diced
  • Meat Church The Gospel (sub Texas Sugar, Honey Hog, Holy Gospel, Honey Bacon or Deez Nuts)


Pit Beans

      Prepare your Smoker
      Prepare your smoker at a temperature of 250 degrees. I recommend a smoking wood or pellet such as oak, mesquite, hickory or pecan. In this video we used post oak in a Mill Scale 94 gallon offset smoker. 

      Prepare your Grill
      While your smoker is coming to temperature, prepare your grill for direct, high heat cooking. This step could also be accomplished on a stove top.

      Cook the Veg & Ground Beef
      Add some cooking oil to a hot cast iron skillet. Sauté the onion and bell pepper until translucent.

      YETI skillet

      Add the ground beef. Incorporate with the onion and pepper. Season with Meat Church The Gospel BBQ Seasoning. Continue cooking until the ground meat is at least 165 internal temperature.

      yeti cast iron

      Remove the pan from the heat. Drain and set aside.

      Cook the Beans
      Add the beans and sweet bbq sauce to the sautéed mixture.

      Baked Beans

      Season with more The Gospel.

      The Gospel

      Mix to incorporate throughly.

      Place the pan in the smoker.

      Smoked Beans

      Cook for 2 - 4 hours uncovered, stirring occasionally. 

      There is so much latitude with this cook. If you are in a hurry, you can cook at 375 for 30 minutes or you can lower the temperature and smoke even longer. You can foil the pan after several hours if you do not want the beans to take on any more smoke.

      When you have smoked the pit beans for your desire amount of time, remove from the smoker and allow to cook. Enjoy one of my favorite side dishes for every BBQ!

      Baked Beans

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