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Pork Belly Bourbon Baked Beans

Pork Belly Bourbon Baked Beans

By Traeger Kitchen

Live on the edge with a hearty dose of bourbon-infused baked beans. Both vibrant ingredients will put your taste buds on blast.

Prep Time

15 Min

Cook Time

6 Hr




This recipe serves:


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Units of Measurement:
3 Pound pork belly, skin removed and scored
2 Tablespoon Traeger Pork & Poultry Rub
2 Cup unfiltered apple juice
1/2 Cup apple cider vinegar
3/4 Cup brown sugar, divided
1/2 Cup bourbon
3 Can (16 oz) pinto beans, drained and rinsed
2 Can (16 oz) cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed
2 Cup Traeger 'Que BBQ Sauce
2 Tablespoon yellow mustard
1/2 Cup finely chopped yellow onion


  • 1

    Liberally season both sides of the pork belly with Traeger Pork & Poultry Rub.

  • 2

    When ready to cook, set Traeger temperature to 180°F and preheat with the lid closed for 15 minutes. For optimal flavor, use Super Smoke if available.

    180 ˚F / 82 ˚C

    Super Smoke

  • 3

    Once the grill is smoking, place the seasoned pork belly fat-side up on the grill grate and close the lid. Smoke for 2 hours.

    180 ˚F / 82 ˚C


    Super Smoke

  • 4

    In a large Dutch oven, combine apple juice, apple cider vinegar, 1/2 cup brown sugar and bourbon. Remove pork belly from the grill after 2 hours of smoking and place in the Dutch oven. Cover the Dutch oven with the lid, return to the grill and increase the temperature to 275°F. Cook for an additional 2 hours, or until the pork is tender and shreds easily with a fork.

    275 ˚F / 135 ˚C


  • 5

    Strain excess liquid from the Dutch oven, reserve and set aside. Shred the pork belly, removing any excess fat. Stir in the beans, BBQ sauce, 1/4 cup brown sugar, onion, mustard and 1/2 cup of the reserved cooking liquid.

  • 6

    Cover with the lid and return to the grill. Cook for 2 more hours. We like our beans thick, but feel free to add additional BBQ sauce as necessary if you like a thinner sauce. Serve as a side with your favorite BBQ fare. Enjoy!

    180 ˚F / 82 ˚C


    Super Smoke

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