Baked Beans, Boston

Boston baked beans are easy to prepare and are a hearty meal, without hotdogs, it’s a meatless (if you don’t count the salt pork used mostly for flavoring) satisfying meal. With the small amount of time invested in preparation the payout is enormous. There are many recipes and a history around Boston Baked beans . Enjoy !

1 pound of white (dry) Navy Beans

Salt Pork

Onions, thinly sliced , 2 large

Garlic, mashed and diced (or granulated)

Brown sugar, preferably dark


Dry or prepared Mustard

The day before, soak the beans over night in water. Gently boil them to prevent splitting for a couple of minutes to get them started. Score the top of a small piece, about 4 square inches, of salt pork down to the rind spacing the cuts in a 1/4 inch grid. The salt pork will eventually break into small pieces. Add about 1/3 of the simmered beans (drained) to a crock pot or heavy oven proof pot , preferably ceramic or stoneware, ideally a bean pot with a cover. Place the piece of salt pork ,some of sliced onions, a bit of garlic, sprinkle with dark brown sugar, dry mustard, and drizzle with molasses. Repeat with 2 more layers of beans and ingredients. Your total should be about 1/2 to 3/4 cup brown sugar, and 1/4 cup molasses. Depending how sweet you like the beans, the sugar and molasses can be adjusted later. Add water to cover. I add about a inch over the top of the beans.

In a slow cooker electric crock pot, set it on low heat, if using the oven baked method, go low and slow about 300 or less degrees and bake gently several hours or overnight, covered of course. The beans will start to turn brown, add water if necessary. Now how long you bake them them is up to you and how you finish the consistency. You can uncover and raise the heat for a thicker gravy or slightly keep the lid ajar during the last hours to your preference, usually the beans will thicken when cool and are one of those meals thats better reheated following a cool down. When the beans turn a dark color, cool a sample and taste to correct sweetness if necessary.

Usually served with fresh baked parker house style rolls that you bake along with the beans when finishing. (Bean-z-buns) and/or with (hot)dogs. With a thin gravy finish , mop your plate with the rolls.

Baked Beans and Franks, November 24th 2010

In the day Baked Beans were served once a week as a way to eat a mostly non-meat economical meal.

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