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Boston Baked Beans

Rated as 4.57 out of 5 Stars

"A wonderful old-fashioned baked bean flavor. This recipe has served by family for 29 years and originally came from my mother-in-law. It tastes great served with fresh cornbread or biscuits and honey. Although you need to allow time for soaking and simmering the beans, this recipe is still quite easy."
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5 h servings 382
Original recipe yields 6 servings


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  1. Soak beans overnight in cold water. Simmer the beans in the same water until tender, approximately 1 to 2 hours. Drain and reserve the liquid.
  2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  3. Arrange the beans in a 2 quart bean pot or casserole dish by placing a portion of the beans in the bottom of dish, and layering them with bacon and onion.
  4. In a saucepan, combine molasses, salt, pepper, dry mustard, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce and brown sugar. Bring the mixture to a boil and pour over beans. Pour in just enough of the reserved bean water to cover the beans. Cover the dish with a lid or aluminum foil.
  5. Bake for 3 to 4 hours in the preheated oven, until beans are tender. Remove the lid about halfway through cooking, and add more liquid if necessary to prevent the beans from getting too dry.


  • Partner Tip
  • Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 382 calories; 6.3 63.1 20.7 14 1320 Full nutrition

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I originally submited this recipe several years ago. It has continued to serve me and my family for now nearly 43 years. I would just like to address those persons who are unhappy because of t...

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These beans would have been magnifacant minus the extreme saltyness - we LOVE salty food, but 2 teaspoons was WAY TOO MUCH! I will make this again minus the salt. Dissapointing....

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I originally submited this recipe several years ago. It has continued to serve me and my family for now nearly 43 years. I would just like to address those persons who are unhappy because of t...

I made this successfully in the crock pot. I soaked the beans overnight, drained them, skipped the simmer-for-2-hours step, and followed the rest of the recipe using the crock pot. I cooked it...

Out of all the baked bean recipes I found on this website, this is the only one made from scratch. I didn't want a "redo" of the canned stuff. These came out really good and even though you ha...

Definitely a keeper- I used all of the same ingredients listed in the original recipe, but I wanted to make mine in the crockpot. I soaked my beans for 8 hours, then simmered my beans for 1 hou...

This is a great recipe. I soaked the beans overnight, but skipped the simmering for 2 hrs part and put them straight into the crock pot. On high, it took about 10 hrs for them to get tender an...

This reminded me of my mom's baked beans. DELICIOUS! It was my first attempt at making baked beans from scratch, but certainly not the last! I used Canadian maple syrup instead of molasses, a...

I'm typing and eating at the same time!!! I didn't bother with the tough parts, you know, adding it all in a casserole dish. I just mixed it all up and tossed it into a crock pot. I also substi...

Perfect flavor and presentation, Anita! I've never had a baked bean recipe be so precise and come out so perfect. In only 3 hours with a stirring half way through cooking time, we had great bake...

Good recipe...but I learned a long time ago that when soaking the beans overnight, toss the water that the beans soaked in and rinse the beans thoroughly under cold water -- that eliminates the ...