Michigan Bean Bake Recipe
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Michigan Bean Bake Recipe

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Just let these go all day for a great-tasting baked bean side dish.—Sondra Bergy, Lowell, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 8 hours
MAKES:10-12 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 8 hours
MAKES: 10-12 servings


  • 1 jar (48 ounces) great northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1-1/2 pounds lean pork, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 bottle (14 ounces) ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 large sweet onion, chopped

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 311 calories, 4 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 33 mg cholesterol, 831 mg sodium, 53 g carbohydrate, 6 g fiber, 18 g protein.


  1. In a 5-qt. slow cooker, combine all the ingredients. Cover and cook for 5 to 6 hours or until beans are tender. Yield: 10-12 servings.
Originally published as Michigan Bean Bake in Reminisce March/April 1991, p31

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Reviewed Apr. 20, 2016

"Although I love savory beans, I am not a fan of baked beans- too sweet, too much like bbq sauce. These are an exception. The pork and brown sugar work well together and the mustard keeps them from being cloyingly sweet. I like to use ground pork and prefer to brown it before mixing with the other ingredients. It travels well for potluck meals and reheats beautifully."

Reviewed May. 7, 2010

"Sooooo delicious and easy! Am always asked to bring this to family gatherings. Can lightly brown pork ahead but comes out tender and delicious either way. Have been making this for years and years."

Reviewed Mar. 24, 2010

"I first made this rec. in 1991 and continue to do so often. It is rich but just wonderful to take to pot lucks. Often I freeze a portion to use for a future meal. I lost my receipe. This week searched several days. Finally thought of conecting on web site. Glad I did as I didn't think you would still have the receipe. Thanks."

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