Picnic Baked Beans

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. + standing Bake: 2 hours


16 servings

Updated: Sep. 22, 2022
I loved it when my mom made these classic beans...now I make them for my family. They have great old-fashioned flavor and are a real crowd-pleaser. I like to make them for potlucks, picnics or as part of a summertime dinner.


  • 3 cups dried navy beans
  • 4 quarts cold water, divided
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground mustard
  • 1/4 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled


  1. Place beans in a Dutch oven with 2 qts. water. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand for 1 hour.
  2. Drain and rinse. Return beans to Dutch oven; add remaining water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour or until the beans are almost tender. Drain and reserve liquid.
  3. Transfer beans to an ungreased 3-qt. baking dish, add the remaining ingredients and 1-1/2 cups of reserved liquid; stir to combine.
  4. Cover and bake at 300° for 2 to 2-1/2 hours or until beans are tender and reach desired consistency, stirring every 30 minutes. Add reserved liquid as needed.

Nutrition Facts

3/4 cup: 224 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 670mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 10g fiber), 10g protein.