Smokey Bourbon Baked Beans

Smokey bourbon baked beans with ribeye steak and chips

I watched Jamie Oliver’s “American Road Trip” a couple of weeks ago. One recipe that stood out was when he cooked baked beans cowboy-style whilst camping in the great outdoors. Looked great with strips of steak seared on a cast iron pan over a campfire.

So we decided to made our own version at home … very simple and definitely several notches above your standard tin of baked beans.
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Smokey Bourbon Baked Beans

10 mins preparation
2 hours cooking / 10 mins re-heat
4 servings
Ribeye Steaks with Smoked Garlic
Filling for large baked potato


  • Sharp knife
  • Chopping board
  • Casserole dish
  • Stirring spoon


The recipe below uses a Romano pepper, we just happened to have one left over. You can use different types of pepper or left-over vegetables, it’s all good.

  • 1 large onion
  • 25g butter
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp chipotle paste
  • 1 tsp BBQ sauce
  • 250g tinned pinto beans*
  • 350g tinned cannellini beans*
  • 2 x 400g tins chopped tomatoes
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 50ml white wine vinegar
  • 4 rashers smokey bacon
  • Up to 50 ml smokey bourbon
  • 300 ml cold water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black and red pepper
  • 1 Romano pepper

* – dry weight. Tins will contain water so have a higher weight, look for the dry weight number.

Beans simmering on the stove


  1. Drain the pinto and cannellini beans and wash them gently under tap.
  2. Finely dice the white onion and Romano pepper.
  3. On a hob, melt butter into the casserole dish and fry diced onion and pepper until soft.
  4. Add paprika, pinto and cannellini beans to the casserole dish and stir.Add bay leaves, water and tomatoes to the casserole dish and stir.
  5. Bring to the boil and then simmer uncovered for 30 mins, stirring occasionally.
  6. Cut the bacon into thin strips.
  7. Add BBQ sauce, chipotle paste and bacon strips to the casserole dish and stir.
  8. Simmer uncovered for 90 minutes to reduce.
  9. Add salt, pepper, white wine vinegar and a slug of bourbon, stir and taste. Add more bourbon if necessary.
  10. Simmer for up to 10 minutes whilst preparing the main meal.

Hints, Tips and Pictures

  1. Stir the contents of the casserole carefully and slowly so as not to break the beans.
  2. This can be done with just pinto or cannellini beans. We liked the combination though.
  3. Jack Daniels is a good choice for the bourbon.
  4. For a vegetarian version, leave out the bacon.
  5. Add in 1 tbsp of Dizzy Pig Red Eye Express rub to give the beans an extra dimension of flavour.

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