Baked Beans

READY IN: 8hrs 30mins
Recipe by Beth A.

From Alton Brown on the Foodnetwork. My husband said I need to look no further for another baked bean recipe. This is the one and only! It does have a bit of a kick to it, with the jalapenos and cayenne pepper, but not overwelming. Leftovers the following day are even better. The flavors all mellow and blend together very nicely. Mine were done perfectly after 6 hours baking time.

Top Review by RedFarmGirl

I am an AB fan so I chose this version of baked beans over others. I didn't have fresh jalepenos and used pepper flakes instead. I enjoyed the heat and sweet of the dish but it still lacked...something. I would try this recipe again and try to add more depth of flavor with some ACV or dijon to kind of balance the flavors. I loved how the beans turned out tender and picture perfect. I added more broth than the recipe called for because we like our beans with more sauce. I also used less than a pound of bacon because 1/2 lb was plenty! I look forward to trying the leftovers and see if the flavors evolve.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Soak beans in a plastic container overnight in just enough cold water to submerge them completely.
  2. Heat oven to 250 degrees F.
  3. Place a cast iron Dutch oven over medium heat and stir in the bacon. Cook until most of the fat has rendered from the bacon. Discard all but about 1 tablespoon of bacon fat. Add onion and jalapenos, and cook until onions are softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste, dark brown sugar, and molasses.
  4. Drain the beans and reserve the soaking liquid. Add the drained beans to the Dutch oven. Place the soaking liquid in a measuring cup and add enough vegetable broth to equal 4 cups of liquid. Add the liquid to the Dutch oven and bring to a boil over high heat. Add in cayenne, black pepper and salt. Give them a stir and cover with the lid. Place the Dutch oven in the oven for 6 to 8 hours, or until the beans are tender.

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