This recipe was passed down through my French Canadian family from my grandmother, to my mother and then to me many years ago. It traditionally takes hours to make, as we let the beans slow cook overnight in the oven on low heat. I decided to try and transform it into a much quicker Instant Pot® recipe with great success! With this method, you don't even have to presoak the beans. These are even better the next day, and they freeze well, too.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
1 hr 15 mins
additional:
40 mins
total:
2 hrs 10 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 servings
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine water and beans in a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as an Instant Pot®). Close and lock the lid. Select high pressure according to manufacturer's instructions; set timer for 15 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.

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  • Release pressure using the natural-release method for 20 minutes; quick-release remaining pressure according to manufacturer's directions. Unlock and remove the lid. Drain and rinse the beans with cold water and set aside. Rinse and wipe out Instant Pot® insert and place back into the pressure cooker.

  • Turn on Instant Pot® and select Saute function. Heat olive oil until shimmering, 2 to 3 minutes. Add salt pork, bacon, and onion and briefly cook until fat begins to render, 1 to 2 minutes. Pour in 1/2 cup water and scrape any brown bits off the bottom. Turn Instant Pot® off.

  • Whisk together ketchup, molasses, brown sugar, mustard, and remaining 1 cup water in a small bowl. Return cooked beans to the pot along with the ketchup mixture. Gently stir to combine. Close and lock the lid. Select high pressure according to manufacturer's instructions; set timer for 35 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.

  • Release pressure using the natural-release method for 20 minutes; quick-release any remaining pressure according to manufacturer's directions. Unlock and remove the lid. Beans will thicken upon cooling. Serve immediately or freeze portions for later.

Cook's Notes:

The salt content of salt pork varies, so you may need to adjust the salt before serving.

Older beans can take longer to cook, so you may need to add an additional 5 to 10 minutes of cook time if your beans are still firm.

Nutrition Facts

321 calories; protein 11.1g 22% DV; carbohydrates 36.2g 12% DV; fat 15.1g 23% DV; cholesterol 17.3mg 6% DV; sodium 392.4mg 16% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
06/27/2020
This was so easy to make compared to how I always do them. No soaking overnight. I started these the morning of the picnic and they were done early. I did double the sauce ingredients as suggested by some and was glad I did. I think it would be too dry if not doubled. The batch I made for the picnic all went and when I got home, I whipped up an batch and froze some of it. This is my new go to recipe for beans, without a doubt. These were a hit with everyone and I've given the recipe out to several people already. Thanks! Read More
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19 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 15
  • 4 star values: 4
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Rating: 5 stars
05/24/2020
These beans are perfect! The first thing I made in the Instant pot Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/13/2020
I thought this recipe was great. I was about to skip the salt pork, but glad that I made an effort to find it at the grocery store. Will make again for 3-day Holiday weekends with other summer BBQ favorites. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/26/2020
This was so easy to make compared to how I always do them. No soaking overnight. I started these the morning of the picnic and they were done early. I did double the sauce ingredients as suggested by some and was glad I did. I think it would be too dry if not doubled. The batch I made for the picnic all went and when I got home, I whipped up an batch and froze some of it. This is my new go to recipe for beans, without a doubt. These were a hit with everyone and I've given the recipe out to several people already. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/18/2020
awesome... good suggestion to double the "sauciness"... I also cut sugar in half and added maple syrup Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/16/2019
Trying to incorporate more beans into our diet and less meat. Found this to be good and hearty addition. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
08/05/2020
I like a smokier sauce, but this one was pretty good. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/26/2020
This was good. I did make some adjustments: Once I saw how low the sauce set, doubled sauce ingredients; and instead of the salted pork, used ground beef and halved the bacon. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/15/2020
Very good recipe and so easy in the Instant Pot. I doubled the sauce ingredients as a couple of people suggested. Good suggestion. Unfortunately I also doubled the sugar. MISTAKE it was too sweet. I was able to save it by adding lime juice to cut the sweetness. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/24/2020
For the vegetarians....Beans were nice and tender! I doubled the sauce, and instead of bacon I added 1 1/2 teaspoons of smoked paprika and it came out great! Read More
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