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Baked Beans from Scratch

Submitted by: moopseemort on May 4, 2010
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Baked Beans from Scratch

Created to be not too sweet yet very flavorful.

Difficulty: Easy

Servings: 15


6 c washed and cleaned navy beans
2/3 c molasses (I use Grandma’s brand)
1 1/2 tsp dry mustard powder
1/2 lb cut up pieces thick smoky bacon
2 c brown sugar
1/3 c white sugar
3/4 tbsp onion powder
pinch black pepper
Tones brand soup bases: 1 1/2 tsp chicken and 1 1/2 tsp beef
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes.


Makes a large batch. Can be halved, or you may need two crock pots depending on size of crock.
Soak cleaned beans 8 hours. Rinse. Place in crock pot with Tones and water covering beans by 1 1/2 “. Cook 8 hours on high or until very tender.
Mix sugars, molasses, mustard, onion, garlic, pepper. Add 1 cup of cooking liquid, stir and pour back into crock. Mix. Place bacon on top. Cook 8 hrs low. Now, stir in the bacon and continue 1 hour until eating…
Bacon adds enough salt to the recipe. This is sweet but not too sweet. Once sugars are added, the skins on the beans won’t soften anymore.

Categories: Beans, Grains & Rice, Budget, Crock Pot, Crowd-Size, Entertaining, Holiday, Old-Fashioned, Other Side Dishes, Potluck, Side Dishes


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  1. 5-8

    First of all, I am not much of a bean lover, matter of fact, I HATE beans. It’s a short story that started from childhood. HOWEVER, these beans have been cooking now for the duration of time. Company coming and I know that they will truly appreciate their childhood memories revisited. The fragrance here in my kitchen is awesome. It smells so good and the beans have thickened up so nicely. I can make a great pot of beans in any form or fashion, but with a recipe like this one, it will be truly a remarkable dish that will serve my company well. Thank you for this fabulous recipe. It is truly one of a kind. Hugs to you….

  2. 6-5

    This is my fifth time of making these beans, did I tell everyone, I HATE BEANS. No one can understand how a bean hater can make such fabulous beans. Well, the secret is the recipe. This is awesome and I love making these beans for company. I made a triple batch on Friday for a lady who had a graduation party to provide the beans for. Everyone raved and raved about HER beans. She immediately called me after the festivities to tell me HER BEANS were a hit. Now I have two other friends of hers wanting ME to make them THEIR BEANS for two different gatherings. I am glad to do it but I gave them the site here and told them………go CHECK IT OUT. YOU will Love not only the bean recipe but the whole family of friends. This is such a homey place to be any time of the day or night. THANK YOU all for being part of this capsule of fun, love and great cooking.

  3. 8-26

    These are so yummy! Beans are one of the few things that I usually think taste better store-bought, because I’ve never found a home-made recipe that I like…until now!
    I think I haven’t enjoyed homemade beans before because most recipes I’ve seen from family or family friends include ketchup or barbecue sauce or the like.
    As a side note, in regards to the soup base: I didn’t have Tones brand, but I didn’t think that would matter. I also only had beef base. (I was too lazy to go to the store just for chicken base.) They still turned out just fine!

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