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How to Make Homemade Baked Beans with Bacon

Updated on April 24, 2011

Baked beans just seem to go with BBQs. Once you have tasted this homemade baked beans recipe, you'll never go back to canned.


  • 1 pound dry Great Northern white beans
  • water
  • salt
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • ½ teaspoon spicy brown mustard
  • 1 pound bacon, chopped into one inch pieces
  • 1 large onion, diced


In a Dutch oven, prepare the dry beans according to package directions. Drain most of the liquid out after cooking. Reserve some of the liquid in case you need to add some to the beans.

Cook the bacon in a skillet until it is crispy. Add the onions to the bacon after the fat has started to render.

Drain the grease off the bacon and onions. Add the bacon, onions, ketchup, sugar, molasses and mustard to the beans. Stir to combine. If the mixture is too thick, add a little bit of the reserved liquid to thin it out.

Cover and simmer on the stove for 30 minutes, or bake covered in a 250° F oven for 30 minutes. The beans can also be baked on the grill. Cook them in a cast iron Dutch oven, covered over indirect heat.

Serve hot, or at room temperature.


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      rjsadowski 6 years ago

      I prefer less brown sugar and more molasses. I also use more mustard but it is yellow salad mustard and is less spicy. It is really a matter of personal taste and just like my mother, I change the ratios a little each time to provide a little variety.