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Baked Beans

Baked Beans
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Yield: 8 to 10 servings

Can you envision a potluck or a ham supper without baked beans? This recipe is a classic.

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baked beans


  • 1 pound dry beans (navy beans, soldier beans, Great Northern beans, etc.)
  • 3/4 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 Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

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17 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!

  8. Elizabeth April 24, 2014 at 4:21 pm #

    :) Nice to see the exact same recipe I always used in Downeast Maine while living there in the ’90s. The only slight difference is that I layered in some onion too. Plus after bringing to a boil – and the cracked skin stage.. I did the layers in a crockpot and put it on high… once up to temperature I lowered it to low and let it cook sometimes over night – or all day. This was always served with quality hot dogs and a fresh home-baked loaf of bread and real butter.

  9. Abbey June 17, 2014 at 1:02 pm #

    I don’t use salt pork. Instead, — for each pound of beans — add 2-3 pounds of pork shoulder or butt cut into 1-2 inch cubes, including all fat. The fat melts in a long, slow oven, bathing the meat and beans while adding flavor that makes vegans weep. Make ahead for best flavor, using a cast iron pot.

  10. Cheryel Lemley-McRoy November 18, 2014 at 2:35 pm #

    I Need Clarification. The Ingredient List calls For 1/3 Lb Salt Pork, But The Instructions Call For 1/2 And 1/4 Lb.

  11. Aimee Seavey November 20, 2014 at 11:26 am #

    Hi Cheryel! My goodness, you’re right. The correct amount of salt pork for this baked beans recipe should be 3/4 pound. We’ve fixed the ingredients list. Thanks!

  12. Lori January 3, 2015 at 6:32 pm #

    Could someone please tell me how much water is needed in this recipe? Do I just add enough to cover the beans? I’m anxious to try them but don’t want to mess it up.


    • Aimee Seavey January 13, 2016 at 2:47 pm #

      Hi Lori. Just enough to creep up around the beans should do it. No need to submerge them! Happy bean-making!

  13. Jennifer January 11, 2016 at 5:52 pm #

    Was there an answer to the how much water question? I want to make these, too! Thanks, Jennifer

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