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Maple Baked Beans

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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2 Responses to Maple Baked Beans

  1. Doug Brown November 10, 2014 at 6:17 pm #

    Having grown into adulthood in Portland,Maine, I am now retired and settled in Portland,Oregon. Portland,OR is as unique as Portland, ME was in the 1960s. Wonderful area to live. Except there are no Maine Italian Subs here. They frankly don’t know what a sub is. You know the variety? Any corner market or convenience store made them right on the spot.Delicious, too. Are there any people who know exactly what went into one of these delicious Subs?
    Doug Brown, Portland, Oregon.
    Thanks!

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