How to make it

  • I would suggest to start doing this 2 days before you need your baked beans for your picnic or party. Reheating is super easy, but the soaking takes at least 8 hours - as I do this normally over night to make it easier and the cooking takes another 8 hours.
  • I assure you, you barely do anything as it cooks, you simply let it do its thing - except for when its done, you eat too many they are sooo good! lol
  • Take strainer and rinse beans under water removing any stones or impurities.
  • Take large pot or bowl and fill with water to completely cover the beans in pot/bowl - then add another 4 cups water and set aside loosely covered on your kitchen counter.
  • During the eight hours of soaking, drain off water and add fresh water three times. Now you are ready to start baking your beans!
  • In bowl, add all spices, garlic, onion and liquids except for water and mix till combined.
  • Put beans in your bean pot or slow cooker. Add semi-cooked bacon or your salt pork which you have made slits in with a knife. Add onions and stir to mix it around.
  • Next pour spice mixture into bean pot, slow cooker, etc. Stir till all contents are well mixed.
  • Add enough water to cover the beans at least an inch above the beans.
  • If baking in a bean pot, throw the baby in the oven and let it bake at 250-325 degrees - on your oven's lowest setting for 6 to 8 hours - eight is better I find. Stirring once or twice during the baking period.
  • Take a peek now and then to make sure there is always enough 'water' to just cover the beans as the water may evaporate during the long cooking time. You may add extra ketchup if you like (as I did the other day)
  • During last hour, remove lid and continue baking - to allow any extra water to evaporate leaving you with a thick sauce and amazing baked beans.
  • If doing this in a slow cooker or crock pot, follow the directions above, but you may want to use just enough water to the crock pot to just cover the beans.
  • For alterations - add additional cooked bacon cut up or cooked hot dogs for those who love a little extra to their baked beans!
  • For veggie versions - omit salt pork and bacon - end results just as good!
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    " It was good "
    pointsevenout ate it and said...
    Beans are pretty good but the size of the bean bag is in question.
    See Leahs Old Fashioned Baked Beans for more.
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    " It was not good "
    ALF ate it and said...
    Recipe sounds good, unfortunately the beans aren't.
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  • yoyo1198 8 years ago
    If you don't want to spend 2 days anticipating great baked beans, you can do the quick soak method. Most of the bean packages have this method printed on them now.

    Nicely written recipe. Thanks so much for sharing.
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    " It was excellent "
    jenniferbyrdez ate it and said...
    My Aunt used to make these just like this for the bar-b-q. Good enough to make you slap yo mamma. Fantastic.
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    " It was excellent "
    raelene1951 ate it and said...
    My mother used to make beans close to this. They were to die for...Thank you!
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    " It was excellent "
    jett2whit ate it and said...
    Gee - these sound really good! Maybe Mom could make some, huh Wally?!
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  • desertgal 11 years ago
    Yes love bake beans.
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    " It was excellent "
    marky90 ate it and said...
    Perfect.........Ready for a grilled burger too.
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  • wynnebaer 11 years ago
    My dad made the best baked beans I ever had...Unfortunately, I never got the recipe....I have never made them but am going to try, thanks to you....Sounds simple enough and tasty too....:)
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  • dixiediner 11 years ago
    Sounds delicious.
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  • seafoodlover 11 years ago
    great recipe for an old favorite!
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  • frankieanne 11 years ago
    Looks delicious! Thanks for the great instructions, too.
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