I have never made baked beans in my life so be gentle. I used the find feature and many of the recipes called for bacon, burnt ends or some sort of meat dripping into the beans.
This is for a small get together (4 people) but this is a test run for bigger events. The only meat I could use is chicken or turkey. I suspect the meat is used to infuse flavor into the beans.
Some of my silly ideas. (All separate ideas not all at the same time)
Smoke the beans with a (raw) turkey neck bone in the dish.
Smoke the beans with a whole chicken above it in the smoker.
Smoke the beans with some store bought chicken sausage in it.
Any ideas? What do you caterers do for those non meat eating customers?