Slow-Cooked Boston Beans Recipe
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Slow-Cooked Boston Beans Recipe

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These slow-cooked beans have a little more zip than usual Boston baked beans, and the rum helps lighten the flavor. —Anne Sheehy, Lawrence, Massachusetts
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + soaking Cook: 9 hours
MAKES:8 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + soaking Cook: 9 hours
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 pound dried navy beans
  • 1/4 pound sliced salt pork belly or bacon strips, chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup rum or unsweetened apple juice
  • 2 teaspoons ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup equals 391 calories, 9 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 8 mg cholesterol, 675 mg sodium, 60 g carbohydrate, 9 g fiber, 14 g protein.


  1. Sort beans and rinse in cold water. Place beans in a large bowl; add water to cover by 2 in. Let stand, covered, overnight.
  2. Drain and rinse beans, discarding liquid. Transfer beans to a greased 3-qt. slow cooker; add salt pork. In a small bowl, combine remaining ingredients. Stir into slow cooker.
  3. Cook, covered, on low 9-11 hours or until beans are tender.
    Freeze option: Freeze cooled beans in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding a little water or broth if necessary.
    Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Slow-Cooked Boston Beans in Simple & Delicious February/March 2014

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Reviewed Feb. 11, 2014

"The recipe did not work out for me. The beans were still crunchy after being in the crock pot for 12 hours. Because there are relatively few ingredients in this dish, the overall flavor of the beans is not very complex. It did not have the depth of flavor that other Boston baked bean recipes have. The rum flavor did shine through, so if you like the flavor of rum you may like how it plays out in this dish."

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