New England Baked Beans
Total TimePrep: 1-1/2 hours + soaking Bake: 2-1/2 hours
Makes12 servings (2/3 cup each)
- 1 pound dried great northern beans
- 1/2 pound thick-sliced bacon strips, chopped
- 2 large onions, chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 cups ketchup
- 1-1/2 cups packed dark brown sugar
- 1/3 cup molasses
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
- Sort beans and rinse with cold water. Place beans in a Dutch oven; add enough water to cover by 2 in. Bring to a boil; boil for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat; cover and let stand for 1 hour or until beans are softened.
- Drain and rinse beans, discarding liquid. Return beans to Dutch oven; add 6 cups water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour or until beans are almost tender.
- In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove to paper towels with a slotted spoon; drain, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings. Saute onions in drippings until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the ketchup, brown sugar, molasses, syrup, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper.
- Drain beans, reserving cooking liquid; place in an ungreased 3-qt. baking dish. Stir in onion mixture and bacon. Cover and bake at 300° for 2-1/2 hours or until beans are tender and reach desired consistency, stirring every 30 minutes. Add reserved cooking liquid as needed.
Nutrition Facts2/3 cup: 385 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 7mg cholesterol, 810mg sodium, 77g carbohydrate (50g sugars, 8g fiber), 11g protein.
Jul 8, 2020
This recipe is nothing but candy with some beans in it. If you want something approaching real baked beans, leave out the ketchup, maple syrup, and worcestershire sauce. Reduce the brown sugar to 2 tablespoons, and add about 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard.
Jul 8, 2020
I made this dish for a 4th of July get-together. It was very well received! I also halved the brown sugar as others did, but it was pleasingly sweet nonetheless. Also added some smoke flavor to amp things up. Next time, though, I will use pink beans. Soak overnight and they're ready to go, and keep their texture better than great northerns.
Jul 5, 2020
Made it today, and I have never made baked beans from scratch before, and they turned out great! Theres nothing left!
Jun 26, 2020
Love these beans but I cheat : )) I use canned beans, just as good
Jun 1, 2020
My husband loves baked beans so I made this recipe for him. He gave it a 5-Star Keeper rating, so I'll make it again. Due to the advice of readers about the recipe being too sweet, I cut the molasses, maple syrup and brown sugar all by half. Other than that, I followed the recipe exactly. Something about the dish tasted a bit odd to me, which I think is the ketchup, because ketchup is also very sweet, so I'll cut the amount of the ketchup, the next time I make it.
Apr 27, 2020
This is my new favorite recipe for baked beans! Amazing. I used this recipe because I couldn't find my molasses in my pantry. I searched for a recipe without, and boy am I glad that I did. I probably wont use the molasses version again!
Jun 20, 2019
I always sort/rinse my beans out of the bag. Why the second rinse? That rinses off the nutrients! THEN you have to add MORE water?! Does not make sense so I never do it and have been cooking with only dried beans of all kinds for 60 years so trust me.
Jun 17, 2018
Delious. It got rave reviews at Father’s Day lunch. I did make the suggested changes about reducing the sugar only adding 1/2 a cup of brown sugar, 1/4 c molasses and omitting the syrup altogether. I also reduced the ketchup to 1 cup and added 1 cup BBQ sauce.This is how I will make baked beans from now on. It is so worth the trouble...Thank you Pat Medeiros.
Jun 13, 2018
This is one of the best baked bean recipes I've tried! It has amazing flavor and I'll definitely make it again!
Jan 4, 2018
reduced the sugar to 3/4 C. Reduced molasses and syrup to 1/4 C. Added 2 Tbsp. vinegar and 1 - 8 oz drained can of pineapple tidbits. Yummy!