Molasses Baked Beans Recipe
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Molasses Baked Beans Recipe

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These hearty from-scratch baked beans taste like they were simmered over an open fire. Their sweet and zippy flavor is as big as the great outdoors. No matter what kind of meal you're "rustling up", this satisfying side dish is certain to please. -Sandra Thorn, Sonora, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour 25 min. + soaking Bake: 2 hours
MAKES:16-20 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour 25 min. + soaking Bake: 2 hours
MAKES: 16-20 servings


  • 2 pounds dried navy beans
  • 5 quarts water, divided
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1-1/2 cups ketchup
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 2 large onions, quartered
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon Liquid Smoke or barbecue sauce

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 308 calories, 10g fat (6g saturated fat), 25mg cholesterol, 729mg sodium, 47g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 12g fiber), 11g protein.


  1. Place beans and 2-1/2 qts. water in a 6-qt. Dutch oven; bring to a boil and boil for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat; soak for 1 hour. Drain and rinse beans; return to pan with remaining water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour or until beans are tender. Drain, reserving cooking liquid. Return beans to pan; add remaining ingredients and mix well. Cover and bake at 350° for 2 to 2-1/2 hours or until beans reach desired consistency, stirring occasionally. Add some of the reserved cooking liquid if too thick. Yield: 16-20 servings.
Originally published as Molasses Baked Beans in Taste of Home June/July 1996, p33

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2124arizona User ID: 845443 268386
Reviewed Jun. 25, 2017

"Nothing taste much better than these beans with your favorite barbecued meat and potato salad. Yum!"

Rabid_Monkey202 User ID: 5374101 7713
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2012

"I made it in a crock pot, added ham steak, used pinto instead of navy beans, and left out the liquid smoke. It was really good, but I prefer my baked beans to be more sweet than savory--reducing the ketchup to 1 cup would fix this no problem.

Even my husband, who hates beans, loved this."

beverly snedden User ID: 5199958 7703
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2011

"Best beans ever. Taste even better next day & freeze well!"

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