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Gramma Beaton's Brown Sugar Beans

Gramma Beaton's Brown Sugar Beans

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This recipe was given to me by my Aunt Joan, who got it from her neighbor. It is deceptively simple, but so good. I just took it to a potluck and got rave reviews: 'These beans are awesome!'

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  • Calories:
  • 326 kcal
  • 16%
  • Fat:
  • 6 g
  • 9%
  • Carbs:
  • 53.3g
  • 17%
  • Protein:
  • 16.5 g
  • 33%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 13 mg
  • 4%
  • Sodium:
  • 305 mg
  • 12%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Place beans in a Dutch oven or large casserole dish. Mix in bacon, brown sugar, and onion; season with salt and pepper. Add just enough water to barely cover the beans.
  2. Cover, and bake for 6 to 8 hours in the preheated oven. Add more water if necessary.
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Lucky Noodles

I used Great Northern Beans and baked for 6 hours. I forgot to soak the beans overnight - but boiled them for 10 minutes or so and let them sit for an hour. This was worth having the oven on all that time. Everyone loved these! *** UPDATE*** Tried again with Kidney beans, but put in a crockpot cause it was too hot for the oven to be on all day. They were good in a crockpot - but sooo much better with Northern in the oven. . . COOK the bacon before you add it to the beans and bake.


I was relieved to find a recipe without any canned beans! I used white beans, and a combination of molasses and maple syrup rather than sugar. We took it to a BBQ, and it went so fast, I had to scrape the pan to get a taste!


These are the best baked beans I ever had!It makes you never want to eat canned baked beans ever again.Everyone who ate them said they were better than canned.They take a long time to cook but are well worth it!