Boston Baked Beans – Yum!

Boston Baked Beans is a traditional American dish with a rich history dating back to colonial times. It’s a sweet and savory dish made from navy beans, molasses, and salt pork. The beans are slow-baked until tender, absorbing the flavors of the molasses and salt pork.


  • 1 pound (450g) dry navy beans
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 pound (115g) salt pork or thick-cut bacon
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves (optional)


  1. Prepare the Beans:
    • Rinse the dry navy beans and soak them overnight in enough water to cover. Drain and rinse the soaked beans.
  2. Preheat the Oven:
    • Preheat your oven to 300°F (150°C).
  3. Mix the Sauce:
    • In a bowl, mix together molasses, brown sugar, Dijon mustard, ketchup, maple syrup, salt, pepper, and ground cloves (if using).
  4. Parboil the Beans:
    • Place the soaked and rinsed beans in a large pot with enough water to cover them. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer for about 10-15 minutes. Drain the beans.
  5. Layer the Beans:
    • Place a portion of the beans in a bean pot or an ovenproof casserole dish. Add a layer of the chopped onion and a few pieces of salt pork or bacon. Pour some of the sauce over this layer.
    • Repeat layering until all the beans, onions, salt pork or bacon, and sauce are used.
  6. Bake the Beans:
    • Cover the pot or casserole dish and bake in the preheated oven for about 6-7 hours, or until the beans are tender and the sauce is thickened. Check periodically and add water if needed to keep the beans moist.
  7. Serve:
    • Remove from the oven and let it sit for a few minutes before serving. Remove the salt pork or bacon pieces before serving if desired.
  8. Enjoy:
    • Serve Boston Baked Beans as a side dish to complement your meal.

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