Total Time
8hrs 30mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 8 hrs

"The Once and Future Beans" recipe courtesy of alton brown. I got this recipe from the food network television show "Good Eats" its worth the time

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat oven to 250 degrees F Place a cast iron Dutch oven over medium heat& stir in the bacon, onion, and jalepenos until enough fat has rendered from the bacon to soften the onions, about 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in the tomato paste, dark brown sugar,& molasses.
  3. Drain the beans& reserve the soaking liquid.
  4. Add the drained beans to the Dutch oven.
  5. Place the soaking liquid in a measuring cup & add enough vegetable broth to equal 4 cups of liquid.
  6. Add the liquid to the Dutch oven& bring to a boil over high heat.
  7. Add in cayenne, black pepper& salt.
  8. Give them a stir and cover with the lid.
  9. Place the Dutch oven in the oven for 6 to 8 hours, or until the beans are tender.


Most Helpful

So good. I omit the bacon.

tatumis December 01, 2006

Excellent and easy (we cook in a crockpot. I think next time we may substitute ham hocks or a turkey drumstick for a smokey flavor, but very good as-is. We'll never buy canned baked beans again.

hikerrecycler November 13, 2006

khah, these are great baked beans. I didn't have tomato paste so I used ketchup instead, plus I ran out of molasses so I used maple syrup for the remainder. I love the very tiny hint of a bite from the cayenne pepper, especially since I had to omit the jalapenos for the benefit of my son. I also really enjoy the smoky taste of the bacon (I used 1/2 lb canadian bacon for a leaner option.)The only thing I'd do differently next time is add only 1 tsp salt as mine came out pretty salty as is. Baked for 8 hours in the oven, with the lid off for the last 2 hours to caramelize and cook the sauce down. Very tasty beans that'll go well with our ribs and potato salad tomorrow. Thanks!

Heather U. May 29, 2005

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