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Brenda’s Baked Beans

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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. + soaking Cook: 10 hours
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 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


  • Rinse and sort beans; soak according to package directions.
  • 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.

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  • Dena
    Jan 15, 2020

    How would you cook this in an Instant Pot or a 6qt crockpot?

  • _nlfPA
    Sep 20, 2016

    This is a wonderful recipe for baked beans. My son makes his own maple syrup and I use it in this recipe.

  • ryansaunt12
    May 24, 2016

    Tried but came up short, my family still prefers mine. Nice try but you never know until you do try

  • mamamarie
    Jan 12, 2016

    Good recipe. With the brown sugar, maple syrup and apple juice, my husband thought a little sweet for him. Reduced it next time and also eliminated the cinnamon. Better for us that way. Thanks.

  • sstetzel
    Jul 15, 2015

    Everyone loved these! I used pancake syrup after I realized I was out of the real thing. Decent substitute but would be better with actual maple syrup. I forgot to soak the beans overnight so I cooked them in my pressure cooker for 15 minutes @ 15 lbs pressure, drained them and continued with the other steps.