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Molasses Baked Beans


  • 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


  • 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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Average Rating: 4.666666
  • 2124arizona
    Jun 25, 2017

    Nothing taste much better than these beans with your favorite barbecued meat and potato salad. Yum!

  • Rabid_Monkey202
    Mar 10, 2012

    I made it in a crock pot, added ham steak, used pinto instead of navy beans, and left out the liquid smoke. It was really good, but I prefer my baked beans to be more sweet than savory--reducing the ketchup to 1 cup would fix this no problem.

    Even my husband, who hates beans, loved this.

  • beverly snedden
    Jan 9, 2011

    Best beans ever. Taste even better next day & freeze well!

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