Easy Boston Baked Beans Recipe (Family Favorite)


These Easy Boston Baked Beans are a simpler version of the traditional recipe. Using canned navy beans rather than soaking beans overnight makes this recipe so simple! The homemade baked bean sauce is made with molasses, brown sugar, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper is poured over bacon for the ultimate summer side dish.

Easy Boston Baked Beans Recipe

My family loves barbecue and these EASY Boston Baked Beans. I think there is nothing better than digging into some delicious smoked meats and homemade beans on a warm summer night.

My ultimate summer dinner would be our Smoked BBQ Ribs, Cornbread Muffins, Potato Salad and these Easy Boston Baked Beans.

I have always loved baked beans, but wanted to make some authentic Boston Baked Beans for an upcoming family barbecue.

It turns out, most beans recipes require you to soak your beans overnight and then reserve some of the bean water to use later in the recipe.

I don’t have time for that.  You don’t have time for that.

No soaking of beans required.  No reserving bean water. And this recipe calls for canned navy beans so the hardest part is opening the cans.

Where did this recipe originate?

Authentic Boston Baked Beans include a variety of beans that have been cooked in a sweet sauce made of molasses or maple syrup and are flavored with pork.

In the 18th Century, Boston was an exporter of rum, which is produced by the distillation of fermented molasses.

At the time, people began adding molasses to local baked bean recipes which then became known as Boston Baked Beans.

In colonial New England, baked beans were traditionally cooked overnight beginning on Saturday so that on Sunday, the beans were still hot and people could enjoy a hot meal and still comply with Sabbath restrictions.

I would say we hit the nail on the head!  Our Easy Boston Baked Beans are cooked in a sweet, sticky sauce made of molasses and brown sugar that is poured over bacon covered navy beans.

It doesn’t get much better than that!

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How to make this easy Baked Beans Recipe:

Uncooked beans in casserole dish

Spray a 9×13-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.  Rinse and drain beans, then spread in the bottom of prepared pan.

Beans, Bacon and Onion in a casserole dish

Lay bacon slices on top of beans in the pan.  Sprinkle diced onion over bacon.

Pouring sauce over beans, bacon and onion

In a saucepan over medium heat, whisk together molasses, salt, pepper, dry mustard, ketchup, brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce.  Bring to a boil, remove from heat, then pour over beans in the pan.

Sauce on top of beans in a casserole dish

Use a spoon to spread evenly over the top.

Easy Boston Baked Beans in white casserole dish

Cover dish with foil and bake for 3 hours, or until beans are tender and heated through.

Easy Boston Baked Beans

Some people prefer to stir the beans before serving to break up the bacon.  However you serve it, we know these Easy Boston Baked Beans will be a hit!

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Serves: 10

Easy Boston Baked Beans Recipe

Easy Boston Baked Beans with a rich, sweet sauce.

Prep Time 15 mins

Cook Time 3 hrs

Total Time 3 hrs 15 mins

Ingredients

  • 3  (15.5 ounce) cans white navy beans
  • 10 bacon strips
  • 1 onion diced
  • 6 Tablespoons molasses
  • 4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

  • Spray a 9×13-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.

  • Rinse and drain beans, then spread in the bottom of prepared pan.

  • Lay bacon slices on top of beans in the pan.

  • Sprinkle diced onion over bacon.

  • In a saucepan over medium heat, whisk together molasses, salt, pepper, dry mustard, ketchup, brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce.

  • Bring to a boil, remove from heat, then pour over beans in the pan. Use a spoon to spread evenly over the top.

  • Cover dish with foil and bake for 3 hours, or until beans are tender and heated through.

Notes

  • Some people prefer to stir the beans before serving to break up the bacon.

Nutrition

Calories: 207 kcal · Carbohydrates: 39 g · Protein: 5 g · Fat: 4 g · Saturated Fat: 1 g · Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g · Monounsaturated Fat: 2 g · Cholesterol: 14 mg · Sodium: 1512 mg · Potassium: 384 mg · Fiber: 1 g · Sugar: 36 g · Vitamin A: 127 IU · Vitamin C: 2 mg · Calcium: 56 mg · Iron: 1 mg

Equipment

  • 9×13-inch Baking Pan

  • Saucepan

  • Aluminum Foil

Recipe Details

Course: Side Dish

Cuisine: American

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