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Cranberry Baked Beans

I knew I'd found a winner when I got the idea to simmer beans in cranberry juice. The tartness of the juice is a nice subtle contrast to the sweet brown sugar and molasses in these baked beans. They're wonderful warm or cold. —Wendie Osipowicz, New Britain, Connecticut
  • Total Time
    Prep: 70 min. + standing Bake: 3 hours
  • Makes
    10-12 servings


  • 3 cups dried navy beans
  • 5 cups cranberry juice
  • 1/2 pound lean salt pork, diced
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 5 teaspoons dark brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground mustard
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger


  • Place beans in a Dutch oven or soup kettle; add water to cover by 2 in. Bring to a boil; boil for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat; cover and let stand for 1 hour to 4 hours, or until softened.
  • Drain beans and discard liquid. Return beans to Dutch oven. Add cranberry juice; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour or until beans are almost tender.
  • Drain, reserving cranberry liquid. Place beans in a 2-1/2-qt. casserole or bean pot; add remaining ingredients and 1-1/2 cups of cranberry liquid. Cover and bake at 350° for 3 hours or until beans are tender and of desired consistency, stirring every 30 minutes. Add reserved cranberry liquid as needed.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 406 calories, 16g fat (6g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 696mg sodium, 55g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 13g fiber), 13g protein.

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  • decar48
    Sep 18, 2016

    Took longer than 3 hrs to cook, but when they were done, it was a very good recipe to use with dry beans. I didn't have any molasses, but read honey could be used as a substitute in baked beans because it has the same consistency & wouldn' affect the flavor that much.

  • shawnba
    Jun 30, 2016

    Taste was ok, but the texture seemed off to me. Maybe the acid in the cranberries altered it. I like the punch of flavor from the mustard and ginger, and continue to add it to my regular recipe

  • cee-jay
    Jan 9, 2016

    I liked these beans in the past but need ideas. What can these beans be served with?

  • gunslinger
    Sep 8, 2014

    Great flavor,takes quite a bit of time to prepare but the molasses and cranberry give the beans a really good taste.

  • crankyankee
    May 23, 2014

    Different but really good

  • Hannah0418
    Oct 9, 2010

    these were good - but not worth all the time it took making them. didn't taste any better than beans from a can. i didn't taste the cranberry at all. disappointed.