Chef John's Boston Baked Beans

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  • Prep

    15 m
  • Cook

    2 h 30 m
  • Ready In

    10 h 45 m
Chef John
Recipe by  Chef John

“This is a great side dish with anything!”

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Ingredients

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Original recipe yields 6 servings

Directions

  1. Soak navy beans overnight in a large bowl with enough water by several inches. Drain and place beans into a large Dutch oven or heavy pot with 6 cups water, baking soda, and bay leaf. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium, and boil for 10 minutes. Drain, saving bean-cooking liquid.
  2. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).
  3. Transfer beans into clean Dutch oven and stir bacon, onion, molasses, brown sugar, dry mustard, salt, and black pepper into beans. Pour enough of the hot reserved bean liquid in to cover beans; stir.
  4. Cover Dutch oven and bake in preheated oven for 1 hour. Check liquid level and add more of the reserved bean liquid to bring liquid up to cover beans. Return to oven and continue baking until beans are tender and almost all the liquid has been absorbed, about 1 hour.
  5. Raise oven heat to 350; bake beans uncovered in oven until top develops a flavorful crust, 20 to 30 more minutes.

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Reviews (3)

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LPRESTON
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LPRESTON

For real Boston Baked Beans use salt pork instead of the bacon. That is the way they have made for ever.

CookMan
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CookMan

I have made this since 1976 with a few adjustments. I made it easier by using "Bush's Baked Beans" with various onion/garlic, etc. choices. Also, instead of Pepper I use a few shakes of Tobassco sauce. Lay a few strips of bacon on top and Bake at 450 degrees until the bacon strips are done. Not crispy, just done. About 20 - 30 minutes.

maggiemoo
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maggiemoo

I made a couple alterations. One was accidental. I accidentally cooked the beans completely before baking for one hour. I doubled the recipe. I used salt pork instead of bacon (diced and fried.) It was fabulous! My mother used to make beans by the same method CookMan uses (and I used to, also,) butI have to say this is much better!

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Nutrition

Amount Per Serving (6 total)

  • Calories
  • 411 cal
  • 21%
  • Fat
  • 5.2 g
  • 8%
  • Carbs
  • 72.5 g
  • 23%
  • Protein
  • 20.9 g
  • 42%
  • Cholesterol
  • 10 mg
  • 3%
  • Sodium
  • 861 mg
  • 34%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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