Grandma Brown's Beans

Total Time
5hrs 20mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 5 hrs

Grandma Brown's canned baked beans are available in the northeast USA but not common elsewhere. They are very simple with only 6 ingredients named on the can. This is a process to recreate them faithfully. Note that these beans are not tomato based, they are thick not saucy, and they are only mildly sweet. The final product either from the can or from the recipe is easily modified to your taste by adding bacon, tomato ketchup, brown sugar, spices. But they are great the way they are. They taste like beans!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. add 1 teaspoon baking soda to 6 cups water.
  2. bring water to a boil.
  3. sort through beans for debris.
  4. add navy beans to water.
  5. boil 10 minutes.
  6. turn off heat.
  7. cover pot.
  8. let sit overnight.
  9. rinse beans well.
  10. add beans and all other ingredients to oven proof pot with tight fitting lid.
  11. stir well.
  12. add water until beans are just covered.
  13. cover pot with lid.
  14. bake 5 to 6 hours at 300°F.
  15. every hour stir and add water to cover if beans are drying out.
  16. final product should be a thick and not runny.
Most Helpful

I made this recently and was very happy. It is VERY close to the canned version. I used white beans I bought at Costco and they turned very dark but were very tasty. I live on the west coast now and cant get grandma browns baked beans here. (I dont want to pay alot for shipping) This recipe will curb my cravings from back east. Thank you!!

lyn621 February 27, 2013

Was just as I remember it tasting. My sister sent me a pound of Zweigle's hots and I tried this recipe for a real blast from the past meal. They were mild and the texture was just perfect. I will definitely make them again.

jlzic July 03, 2016

Being an Upstate New Yorker, the canned Grandma Brown's Beans are always a staple in our family. I came across this recipe and made them immediately. They were so good. I couldn't taste the difference. They are absolutely delicious! I still keep cans on the shelf, but will definitely Make them again.<br/>Tank you KS100 for the recipe.

Toots328 October 05, 2014