Slow-Cooked Boston Beans

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. + soaking Cook: 9 hours


8 servings

Updated: Mar. 10, 2022
These slow-cooked beans have a little more zip than usual Boston baked beans, and the rum helps lighten the flavor. —Anne Sheehy, Lawrence, Massachusetts
Slow-Cooked Boston Beans Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 pound dried navy beans
  • 1/4 pound sliced salt pork belly or bacon strips, chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup rum or unsweetened apple juice
  • 2 teaspoons ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  1. Sort beans and rinse in cold water. Place beans in a large bowl; add water to cover by 2 in. Let stand, covered, overnight.
  2. Drain and rinse beans, discarding liquid. Transfer beans to a greased 3-qt. slow cooker; add salt pork. In a small bowl, combine remaining ingredients. Stir into slow cooker.
  3. Cook, covered, on low 9-11 hours or until beans are tender.

Can you freeze Slow-Cooked Boston Beans?

Freeze cooled beans in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding a little water or broth if necessary.

Nutrition Facts

3/4 cup: 391 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 675mg sodium, 60g carbohydrate (27g sugars, 9g fiber), 14g protein.