For the “Fruity” part of this recipe. You can use any kind of fruit you prefer for the canned pie filling, but my personal suggestions would be either apple, or peach.
You’ll also want to chop up the pieces of fruit so that they are more finely diced, rather than whole or sliced pieces. Otherwise, in my opinion, they are over-powering. But then, you can experiment with this yourself. Who knows, you might find the large chunks of fruit to be absolutely delicious!
For the rub, I like it sweet and not hot, so I use my favorite rub called “Honey Rub”. This is where you can add the heat if that’s what you and the family and friends like, and add in a spicy pepper type rub.
For the pan, I use one of those cheap disposable aluminum baking pans that you can get for 4 for a dollar at the local Dollar store. But you can use cast iron, or anything that works for ya!
2 Large 28 oz cans of Baked Beans (I use Bush’s Vegetarian)
1 cup canned pie filling
1/3 cup barbeque sauce (I like Sweet Baby Ray’s)
1 Tablespoon of your favorite rub (I use Honey Rub by Butcher BBQ)
1/2 red bell pepper (seeded and chopped)
1/2 red onion (chopped)
6 strips bacon (cut into 1″ pieces)
In a skillet, fry up the bacon pieces until they’re cooked to your liking. Remove the bacon from the pan with a slotted spoon, and drain on paper towels. (We’re trying to keep this as fat free as possible).
Now combine all the ingredients into the baking pan of your choice.
If you haven’t already gotten the smoker going, you’ll want to do that now. I use hickory wood for this baked beans recipe. I typically smoke these at a maintained temperature of 250 degrees. At this temperature, they will take about 1 to 1 1/2 hours to get bubbling hot, and marry all the flavors.
Serves 6 to 8
Tip: If you’re also smoking meat for the dinner, and you have two levels of racks in your smoker, place the pan of beans underneath the meat to catch the drippings for some delicious added flavor. (I know, so much for keeping it low fat!)
Check this out. This is what they looked like just before I removed them from the smoker. Mmmmm Mmmmmmmmmmmm!!