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Molasses Baked Beans

Total Time

Prep: 1 hour 25 min. + soaking Bake: 2 hours

Makes

16-20 servings

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

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  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.

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