Bacon Baked Beans

My sister’s church group had a community bbq – potluck!  So we baked some beans (totally homemade!) and the house smelled amazing for hours upon hours and then we finally got to go to the dinner and eat them.
This one takes some preparation, because you have to let the beans soak overnight before you start.  We were so excited about making them!  And everyone thought they were delicious. Because, well, they were.

As we discovered – you need a LOT of water to soak them in. We kept adding more, and they kept soaking it all up, so put in tons more water than you think you could need.
It’s a multi-step recipe, but definitely worth the effort.  Also – it hardly costs anything to make. The most expensive part is the bacon.
We did 3 times this recipe, and used one pound of bacon for the whole thing, so 1/2 pound for 1 recipe is quite generous, as you will see below.
So here it is! My new favourite beans.



This Culinary Curiosity | Bacon Baked Beans

  • 2 cups navy beans (dried)
  • so much water
  • 1/2 pound bacon (raw, cut in squares)
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 3 tbsp molasses
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp ground mustard
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
Soak the beans overnight in cold water (at least 6 times as much water as beans)
Next morning, simmer beans in the same water (add some if needed) until tender, about 1-2 hours. Drain and reserve the liquid.  (we didn’t have any liquid left over, but we made it work)
Preheat oven to 325F
Arrange beans in casserole dish or bean pot in layers with the bacon and onions. (beans first, then bacon and onions, finish with a final layer of beans on top)
In a saucepan, put all sauce ingredients, and bring to a boil.  Pour over the beans.  Then add just enough of the reserved bean water (or new water if you don’t have any) to cover the beans. (We had enough sauce that we didn’t add very much water at all).  Cover with a lid or aluminum foil.
Bake for 3-4 hours.  Remove lid an hour before the end (you can add more liquid if needed).