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    Boston Baked Beans

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    5 hrs 30 mins

    30 mins

    5 hrs

    Tracy K's Note:

    The beans can be made ahead. After cooking, cool them to room temp and refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 4 days. Note: It is NOT NECESSARY to soak the beans before using in this recipe; hence the long cooking time. Do not use old dried beans for this recipe.

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    1. 1
      Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position; heat oven to 300 degrees.
    2. 2
      Add salt pork and bacon to 8-quart Dutch oven; cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned and most fat is rendered, about 7 minutes.
    3. 3
      Add onion and continue to cook stirring occasionally, until onion is softened, about 8 minutes.
    4. 4
      Add 1/2 cup molasses, mustard, beans, 1 1/4 teaspoons salt, and 9 cups water; increase heat to medium-high and bring to boil; cover pot and set in oven.
    5. 5
      Bake until beans are tender, about 4 hours, stirring once after 2 hours.
    6. 6
      Remove lid and continue to bake until liquid has thickened to syrupy consistency, 1 to 1 1/2 hours longer.
    7. 7
      Remove beans from oven; stir in remaining tablespoon of molasses, vinegar, and additional salt and pepper to taste.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on July 05, 2014


      Made this for 4th of July BBQ. Couldn't get salt pork, so I used pork belly, and 3 strips of bacon. Followed the directions through adding the beans and water, but I only added half the water, brought to a boil, then put it in my slow cooker. Topped it off with water to fill it, and had it on high for about 5 hours. Baked beans are huge here in Malta, since it's fairly British, and my Brit friends all said they were amazing! Thanks so much!

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    • on January 22, 2013

      Yummy and easy. I added a generous squirt of ketchup and a little tomato paste as a previous reviewer recommended. Also a dash of hot sauce. Love these!

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    • on January 20, 2011


      This recipe is in my America's Test Kitchen cookbook, and as far as I'm concerned, it's absolutely perfect! One objection I have to so many of the baked beans recipes out there is that they are far too sweet. This one isn't. In fact, I add just a touch more molasses to it. Also, I increase the amount of bacon by 4 slices since there's no salt pork to be had around here.

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    Nutritional Facts for Boston Baked Beans

    Serving Size: 1 (300 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 369.1
    Calories from Fat 107
    Total Fat 11.9 g
    Saturated Fat 4.3 g
    Cholesterol 12.2 mg
    Sodium 221.5 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 53.1 g
    Dietary Fiber 8.8 g
    Sugars 14.8 g
    Protein 14.1 g

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