Total Time
4hrs 50mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 4 hrs 30 mins

This is my aunt's recipe. One of the best baked bean recipes I have ever tried.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Sort and rinse beans.
  2. Place beans in a large Dutch oven.
  3. Add 2 quarts of cold water.
  4. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 2 minutes.
  5. Remove from the heat; cover and let stand 1 hour.
  6. Drain and rinse beans.
  7. Return beans to the Dutch oven; add remaining water.
  8. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer 40 minutes or until almost tender.
  9. Drain and reserve liquid.
  10. In a large bowl, mix together beans and remaining ingredients; pour into a 2 1/2 quart casserole dish.
  11. Cover and bake at 300 degrees for 2 1/2 hours or until tender.
  12. Stir occasionally; add reserved bean liquid if necessary.
Most Helpful

I made these beans to take to a work Christmas party. What a tremendous success. The maple flavor pervades and makes you want to stick your finger in the pot to get a taste. Your beans were very popular with the party-ers. YUMMY STUFF!!

Natalie Z December 12, 2002

The flavour of these beans is outstanding; on the sweet side, which suited my family perfectly. The dish was very easy to put together, and as a bonus was quite inexpensive too. I made a couple of small changes: I chose to saute the bacon slightly before adding to the pot, to render some of the fat out. I then sauteed the onion (and some fresh garlic!) in the bacon fat, just for a minute or so, until the onion started to soften -- then added that to the pot. I also added a little extra ketchup (personal preference -- I wanted a little more tomato in it and had no tomato sauce to add). The only problem I had was with softness -- even after an extra hour in the oven (3 1/2 hours total), the beans were still a little too chewy and tough for my liking. I suspect this might have been my fault, however; in my desire not to "water down" the flavour, I added the extra bean liquid sparingly. I suspect I should have kept the beans more liquidy, particularly during the first half of the cooking. I will definitely make this again; it was quite a hit, chewy beans notwithstanding! This entire dish served my 3-person family with only a small bowl left over. Thanks for the recipe!

Lennie December 11, 2002

The best!! Simply the best. I have a long-standing tried and true baked bean recipe. But I wanted to try something different. We LOVED these beans. The real maple syrup is the secret ingredient. This will be our standard from now on. Thanks for sharing this.

jerri822 November 27, 2002