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Smoked BBQ Lentils with Bacon

These BBQ lentils with bacon are a tasty spin on a classic BBQ side dish. These lentils are rich and sweet, with a hint of spice, and lots of huge pieces of tasty bacon!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 15 minutes
Course: Side Dishes
Cuisine: American, Barbecue
Keyword: BBQ Lentils
Servings: 8 people
Author: Susie Bulloch


  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup sweet onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup green lentils
  • 1 cup red lentils
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • cup ketchup
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons mustard
  • 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon celery salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground mustard
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ pound cooked bacon crumbled


  • Preheat. Preheat your oven or smoker (I made these on my pellet smoker) to 350 degrees F.
  • Make the BBQ lentils. In a 12 inch cast iron pan, heat the tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat. Saute the onions until just translucent, about 4-5 minutes. Add in the garlic and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Stir in the lentils and chicken stock and simmer for 15 minutes. There will still be liquid remaining and the lentils will be slightly crunchy,
  • Smoke. Stir the ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, and spices into the lentils. Transfer the skillet to the smoker or oven and cook for an hour, stirring occasionally.
  • Add bacon. When the liquid is absorbed and the lentils are soft, stir in the crumbled bacon.
  • Enjoy. Remove the lentils from the smoker and allow to cool slightly before serving alongside your favorite BBQ meats.


Calories: 426kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 1126mg | Potassium: 783mg | Fiber: 15g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 166IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 4mg