Classic Boston Baked Beans

This traditional recipe for classic Boston baked beans uses brown sugar and molasses to create a wonderful old-fashioned baked bean flavor.

Classic Boston Baked Beans

Classic Boston Baked Beans

Course Main Course
Servings 10
Calories 244 kcal


  • 2 cups dried navy beans (1 pound)
  • ½ lb bacon (8 oz), cut into small pieces
  • ¼ lb salt pork (4 oz), rind removed and cut into small pieces
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 2 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ cup brown sugar


  • Cover beans with 2 cups of water and allow to soak for 6 – 12 hours. Drain and rinse.
  • Place the beans in a pan on the stovetop. Add bacon, salt pork, onion, molasses, salt, black pepper, dry mustard, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce and brown sugar.
  • Cover the ingredients with water and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Pour ingredients into a 2-quart bean pot, cover and place in the oven.
  • Bake a 200℉ for 6-8 hours or until soft.  Add additional water as needed to keep the beans covered.
  • Hack: 1 tbsp prepared mustard can be substituted for the dry mustard.j
  • Hack:  If you don’t have a bean pot, use a heavy, covered casserole dish.
  • Hack:  Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or freeze in individual serving sizes for up to 3 months.  Thaw beans completely before reheating them.
Keyword baked beans, Boston baked beans, dried beans, easy, inexpensive, navy beans

Did you know? Navy beans are a member of the legume family.  Legumes come in many options, are inexpensive and they’re packed with nutrition!!

Suggestion:  Serve these with some fresh homemade butter biscuits!

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