How to Make Baked Beans

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Nothing says cookout like meat on the barbeque and homemade beans in a pot. Here is an easy and oh-so-tasty recipe for homemade beans that will have them coming back for seconds...and maybe thirds.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 900g bag of navy beans
  • 1 large onion
  • ½ package of bacon
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 1½ tsp Keen's mustard
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1½ to 2 cups ketchup
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • Knife
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Large wooden or metal spoon
  • Crock pot
  • Large pot with a lid
  • Place beans in a large pot and add enough water to cover the beans.

  • Presoak the beans. Place the covered bean pot on the stove and bring to a boil. Once the water comes to a rolling boil turn off the heat and remove the beans from the stove. Allow to sit for one hour. This is called a "quick soak" and will soften up your beans and allow them to cook faster.

  • Cook beans. After letting the beans soak for one hour place them on the stove once again and bring water to a boil again. Once the water boils turn the heat down so that the water is still boiling but won't boil over the top. Boil the beans this way for 1½ hours or until they "pop" (skin breaks open).

  • While beans are soaking, dice the onion and cut bacon up into medium sized cubes. Place into a bowl and refrigerate.

  • When beans are done cooking turn off the element and remove the beans from the heat. Drain the water from the beans and place in a large crock pot.

  • Add the onions, bacon, brown sugar, salt, pepper, mustard, molasses and syrup to the beans in the crock pot. Stir well with a large spoon.

  • Add 1½ cups of ketchup and stir. Taste the beans. Some people like a stronger tomato flavor. If this is the case, add another ½ cup of ketchup. Stir well.

  • Place the lid on the crock pot and set it to "low" heat. Cook for 1½ hours.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use real maple syrup instead of the artificial kind for a better maple flavor.
  • Don't have any real maple syrup? Use maple flavored bacon instead.
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