pork belly bourbon baked beans in a cast iron skillet
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Pork Belly Bourbon Baked Beans

All of the best and most indulgent things come together for these Pork Belly Bourbon Baked Beans. From the rich, almost sweet, apple braised pork belly to the firm and savory beans every single bite will battle your inner inhibitions to burst out in song while eating.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time6 hrs
Total Time6 hrs 15 mins
Course: Side Dishes
Cuisine: Barbecue, Comfort Food, Party Food
Servings: 10 people


  • 3 pounds pork belly skin removed and fatty side scored in 1 inch squares
  • 2 cups unfiltered apple juice or cider
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup bourbon
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion finely chopped
  • 3 16 oz cans pinto beans drained and rinsed
  • 2 16 oz cans kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups barbecue sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard

Pork Belly Rub

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  • In a small bowl, combine all of the ingredients for the Pork Belly Rub. Liberally season the entire pork belly with the rub.
  • Start up your smoker. You're looking for a lot of thin blue smoke and about 225 degrees. 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.
  • In a large dutch oven, combine the apple juice, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar and bourbon. Remove the pork belly from the grill and place in the dutch oven. Cover the Dutch oven with the lid, return to the grill and increase your grill temperature to 275 degrees.
  • Cook for an additional 2 hours, or until the pork is tender and shreds easily with a fork. Drain excess liquid from the Dutch oven and set aside. Shred the pork belly, removing any excess fat.
  • Return the shredded pork belly to the Dutch oven. Stir in the beans, BBQ sauce, brown sugar, mustard and 1/2 cup of the reserved cooking liquid. Cover with the lid and return to the grill. Cook for 2 more hours or until the ingredients are well combined and at the consistency you like. Add additional BBQ sauce if you like your beans a little thinner!