Boston Baked Beans


Recipe: Boston Baked Beans

Summary: The traditional style…a bit heavier on the molasses than the brown sugar.


  • 1 lb navy beans
  • 1/2 lb thick sliced bacon (or see Spicy Candied Bacon)
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup molasses
  • 2 tbsp prepared mustard


  1. Heat oven to 300°
  2. Rinse and sort beans in a colander, then place in a large dutch oven and cover with water by at least three inches.
  3. Bring beans to a full boil, remove from heat , cover and let stand for 1 hour.
  4. Return beans to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until beans are tender, about 1 hour.
  5. In a large skillet, saute’ the bacon and onion until onions are just translucent.
  6. Drain beans and RESERVE 2 CUPS COOKING LIQUID
  7. Add remaining ingredients to reserved liquid, then layer beans bacon and onions in dutch oven and pour liquid over. Add more liquid if necessary to insure beans are covered.
  8. Bake for 5 to 7 hours, checking occasionally for liquid and stirring.
  9. If using the crock-pot method, cook on high heat for about 3 hours and then on low heat for another 4 hours.
  10. You may need to add water occasionally to keep the beans moist.
  11. That’s it. If you’re like me after about 4 hours of cooking, the aroma of the beans really tempts me to sample the project.
  12. No problem! Kinda like the development of a good design. You gotta test along the way!!!

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