- 1 pound dried great northern beans
- 1/2 pound thick-sliced bacon strips, chopped
- 2 large onions, chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 cups ketchup
- 1-1/2 cups packed dark brown sugar
- 1/3 cup molasses
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
- Sort beans and rinse with cold water. Place beans in a Dutch oven; add enough 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 or until beans are softened.
- Drain and rinse beans, discarding liquid. Return beans to Dutch oven; add 6 cups water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour or until beans are almost tender.
- In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove to paper towels with a slotted spoon; drain, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings. Saute onions in drippings until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the ketchup, brown sugar, molasses, syrup, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper.
- Drain beans, reserving cooking liquid; place in an ungreased 3-qt. baking dish. Stir in onion mixture and bacon. Cover and bake at 300° for 2-1/2 hours or until beans are tender and reach desired consistency, stirring every 30 minutes. Add reserved cooking liquid as needed. Yield: 12 servings (2/3 cup each).
Reviews forNew England Baked Beans
"Made this for our family reunion and it was one of the first dishes gone! Very good and easy to make. Take plenty of extra recipes with you to pass around!"
"This recipe was way,way too sweet. You could not taste anything else but that. I would say cut all sugar, molasses and syrup in half."
"Congratulations - finally a baked bean recipe that starts with dried beans and not one that uses canned baked beans! Very good!"
"Based on previous comments, I reduced the brown sugar to 1 c. Still too sweet for our family! Although, overall had a really good flavor. Next time, will play with reducing the brown sugar just a little more and/or replacing half of the ketchup with tomato sauce and see if that suits our taste a little better."
"So delicious. Tastes like my grandmother's."
"I made these in the slow cooker with great results."
"This is the best baked bean recipe using dried beans that I have ever tasted! I usually make it in the crockpot overnight. I will sometimes substitute leftover ham for the bacon. This recipe is foolproof, and freezes well."
"I have used this recipe to make my own Bar-B-Q sauce ever since it was published in Taste of Home. It is the best!I always make it ahead and can it so I have it ready when I need it!Love it!!!"
"Yummy sweet baked beans. Worth the time. I did use less brown sugar (1c) based on previous reviews and it was great. Also didn't take the entire 2.5 hours to reach tenderness."
"Yummy - so fun & easy to make. Probably will use less sugar next time, maybe change up contents once in a while just to be different...thanks Pat."