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Maple Baked Beans

Maple Baked Beans
8 votes, 3.88 avg. rating (77% score)
by in Mar 2013

Total Time: 25

Yield: 8 to 10 servings

This maple-kissed version of baked beans makes an excellent accompaniment to our maple-glazed BBQ ribs. The best way to "bake" these beans is in a slow cooker, where you can put them on autopilot, just stirring occasionally--they're so worth the wait.
Maple Baked Beans
Photo/Art by Michael Piazza

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound dried navy beans
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 pound (2 thick strips) salt pork, cut into cubes
  • 1/2 cup diced yellow onion
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons apple-cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt, plus extra to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika

Instructions:

First, precook the beans: Put beans in a large (3- to 4-quart) pot with 6 cups water. Set over high heat, cover, and bring to a boil; then reduce heat to low, uncover, and simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit 1 hour. Drain beans, reserving cooking liquid.

Pour beans into your slow cooker; add remaining ingredients, combining well. Cover and cook on high until beans are tender, 7 to 9 hours (time varies depending on your slow cooker), stirring periodically; add reserved liquid as needed to keep beans moist.
Updated Thursday, April 3rd, 2014
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