Boston Baked Beans


Baked beans are the perfect addition to any outdoor cookout or barbecue. These baked beans are slow-cooked in the oven with bacon, onions, and a sweet, syrupy sauce, resulting in an old-fashioned taste that everyone will enjoy. This easy recipe has been served by my family for over 29 years and originally came from my mother-in-law. It tastes great served with fresh cornbread or biscuits and honey.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
4 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs 20 mins

Soft, sweet, and tangy baked beans make the ultimate barbecue dish. This top-rated family recipe has received hundreds of 5-star reviews and features bacon, molasses, and mustard powder for a deliciously complex flavor. Make wow-worthy homemade baked beans and kick the canned stuff to the curb. Plus, learn the best bean varieties to use for this recipe and the differences between Boston and regular baked beans.

What Kind of Beans Should You Use for Baked Beans?

Boston baked beans are traditionally made with Navy beans, a small white variety with a mellow and creamy flavor. If you don't have Navy beans, Great Northern or cannellini can be used.

Boston vs. Regular Baked Beans

Traditional baked bean recipes use brown sugar to sweeten the tomato-based sauce, while Boston baked beans rely on molasses to add a honeyed richness to the dish.

How to Make Boston Baked Beans

Ready for an irresistibly zesty bowl of baked beans made from scratch? You'll find the full recipe below with step-by-step instructions, but here's what you can expect when you make this top-rated recipe:

Begin by boiling pre-soaked navy beans, then reduce the heat and simmer for one to two hours. Layer cooked beans in a casserole dish with bacon strips, and onions, then pour the ketchup-molasses mixture over the dish. Cover and bake for three to four hours for fragrant, bubbling goodness.

How Long Do Baked Beans Last in the Fridge?

Homemade baked beans will last three to four days in the refrigerator if properly stored. Keep them in an airtight container for best results. Reheat beans easily in the microwave, on the stovetop, or in a 350 degrees F oven (covered with foil).

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"I used a quality thick-sliced hickory bacon and added a small shake of liquid smoke, says Sarah Jo. "Out of this whole recipe, one small serving remained. This will replace my original recipe using doctored-up canned beans. These were AWESOME."

"This is the first time that I've ever made baked beans and I am so glad I found this recipe, shares home cook Nathalie. "It's just what I was looking for — like what my grandmother used to make."

"Great basic recipe you can tweak to your tastes," says Franzmom. "I soaked, rinsed then cooked my beans on low in my crockpot overnight and added chopped garlic to the beans while cooking. Very tasty!"

Editorial contributions by Rai Mincey


  • 2 cups dry navy beans, soaked overnight

  • ½ pound uncooked bacon strips

  • 1 medium onion, diced

  • ½ cup ketchup

  • 3 tablespoons molasses

  • ¼ cup brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon dry mustard


  1. Transfer soaked navy beans and soaking water to a saucepan.

    Overhead shot of a measuring container with beans soaking in water

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  2. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until tender, approximately 1 to 2 hours. Drain and reserve the cooking liquid.

  3. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

  4. Arrange 1/2 of the beans in the bottom of a 2-quart casserole dish. Place 1/2 of the bacon strips over the beans and sprinkle 1/2 of the onions over top. Repeat layers once more.

    Overhead shot of a baking dish with layers of beans, bacon, and onion for Boston baked beans

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  5. Combine ketchup, molasses, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, and dry mustard in a large saucepan over medium heat; bring to a boil.

  6. Pour sauce over the beans. Pour in just enough reserved cooking liquid to cover the beans. Cover the casserole dish with a lid or aluminum foil.

    Overhead shot of a baking dish with layers of ingredients for Boston baked beans, topped with sauce

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  7. Bake in the preheated oven for 1 1/2 hours. Remove the lid and continue to cook, checking every 1/2 hour or so and adding more cooking liquid if necessary to prevent the beans from getting too dry, until beans are tender, 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 more hours.

  8. Serve hot and enjoy!

    overhead view of Boston baked beans in a bowl, on top of a kitchen towel


Nutrition Facts (per serving)

382 Calories
6g Fat
63g Carbs
21g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 382
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Sodium 1320mg 57%
Total Carbohydrate 63g 23%
Dietary Fiber 17g 62%
Total Sugars 20g
Protein 21g
Vitamin C 7mg 34%
Calcium 141mg 11%
Iron 5mg 27%
Potassium 1174mg 25%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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