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Smoky Kansas City Pit Beans
Homemade Barbecue Baked Beans in a Black Skillet
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This is our barbecue beans recipe has won a 2nd and a 3rd place finish in back-to-back years at the American Royal World Series of Barbecue.

Technique Tip: To get an authentic pit bean flavor, place the pan underneath a pork butt or brisket that's cooking to allow the meat drippings to flavor the beans.

Special equipment: A smoker.


    • One 55-ounce can pork and beans
    • 1 cup your favorite barbecue sauce
    • 1 cup dark brown sugar
    • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
    • 1 tablespoon hot sauce (optional)
    • 1 cup chopped barbecued meat (beef or pork)


1. Preheat the smoker to 250°F.

2. Combine the beans, barbecue sauce, brown sugar, mustard and hot sauce in an 8-by 12-inch baking pan. Stir in the chopped barbecue meat.

3. Place the pan in the smoker for 1 hour.

4. After 1 hour, cover with aluminum foil and cook for an additional hour.

5. Remove from smoker, stir and enjoy.

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