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Baked Beans

Baked Beans
24 votes, 4.21 avg. rating (83% score)
Baked Beans

Yield: 8 to 10 servings

Can you envision a potluck or a ham supper without baked beans? This recipe is a classic. No wonder these beans are a favorite at Boscawen Historical Society potluck dinners.


  • 1 pound dry beans (navy beans, soldier beans, Great Northern beans, etc.)
  • 1/3 pound salt pork
  • 3 tablespoons molasses
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard


Wash the beans in a colander or strainer; pick over the beans to remove any pebbles or debris. Put in a large saucepan and add water to cover the beans by an inch. Soak overnight.

In the morning, bring the beans to a boil. Boil until the skins break when you blow across a few beans on a spoon. Place a layer of beans in the bottom of a crockery bean pot. Score the salt pork, cutting through the pork but leaving the rind intact. Place about 1/2 pound of the salt pork in the pot. Add most of the remaining beans and water. Place the remaining 1/4 pound of salt pork in the pot. Cover with the remaining beans. Add the molasses, brown sugar, salt, and mustard. Cover with additional water. Place the lid on the pot.

Bake in a 300 degrees F oven for at least 6 hours, adding water as needed. You may want to use a drip pan under the pot in the oven.

Updated Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

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10 Responses to Baked Beans

  1. ALYCE WOLFE September 13, 2002 at 12:12 am #


  2. Giles Lepage November 7, 2002 at 5:41 pm #

    Just like mom used to make.

  3. dallana hamrick November 24, 2003 at 1:39 pm #

    I have made many recipes for baked beans for 30 years…this is by far the best! The great thing is nothing is called for in the recipe that most of us don’t have in our kitchens on a regular basis!!!

  4. Rick Richardson June 14, 2004 at 12:06 am #

    The essence of New England simple pleasures…Try adding three strips of smoked bacon chopped into small bits for added flavor!

  5. Beth Thomas January 15, 2006 at 7:46 pm #

    These baked beans are so good! Very filling. Just add cornbread and a green vegetable and you have a great meal.

  6. Wanda Durost March 21, 2010 at 2:35 pm #

    Recently had a bean pot given to me and looked at many baked bean recipes but tried this one. I loved the taste…..BIG thumbs up here! A “keeper” for sure!

  7. kate crocker January 7, 2011 at 10:55 am #

    I make my Baked Beans in the crockpot using the same recipe. You have to put a “cap” of aluminum foil on top of the beans, resting on the beans. This guarantees soft beans. Without it, sometimes the beans stay hard.

    • Patricia Sabins August 21, 2013 at 12:29 pm #

      Thanks for the tip about the aluminum foil “cap”! Some kinds of beans soften in the crockpot, other don’t, but now I’ll just use this tip all the time.

    • John P McLaughlin February 27, 2014 at 1:31 pm #

      What crock pot setting do you use? and ddo you also cover with the glass cover?

      • Aimee Seavey February 27, 2014 at 2:56 pm #

        Hi John. Since the original recipe uses the oven and not a slow cooker, we can’t comment on what setting/cook time is best for a slow cooker (but perhaps someone else can?) but I do feel comfortable saying that while the aluminum foil tip is likely helpful for keeping the beans extra moist, you’ll still want to use the slow cooker’s lid to hold in the heat. Thanks!

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