Baked beans are a staple side for BBQ and grilling but are also great with all kinds of food. This recipe takes quite a bit of time but most of the time is just waiting for the beans to soak or for cooking time in the crockpot. You can skip the wait by buying canned beans instead of dry beans. It’s really a matter of preference, the difference in taste is next to nothing.
When choosing the meat that gets mixed in, choose something that has some fat to it. The fat will actually help the beans cook better and will help the flavors of the other ingredients to mix better. That is because fat is an emulsifier. I used smoked chuck roast but bacon or ham work great too.