Brenda’s Baked Beans

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. + soaking Cook: 10 hours


6 servings

Updated: Feb. 15, 2022
When I was a kid, my mom made baked beans all the time. Sometimes we'd turn this side into a main dish by adding sliced hot dogs. —Brenda Brooks, Bowie, Maryland
Brenda's Baked Beans Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 pound dried navy beans
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped sweet onion
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 6 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. Rinse and sort beans; soak according to package directions.
  2. Drain and rinse beans, discarding liquid. Transfer beans to a 3-qt. slow cooker. Stir in water, brown sugar, onion, apple juice, bacon, maple syrup, mustard and cinnamon. Cook, covered, on low 10-12 hours or until beans are tender. Stir in salt.

Nutrition Facts

3/4 cup: 416 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 551mg sodium, 77g carbohydrate (31g sugars, 12g fiber), 20g protein.