Old Fashioned Baked Beans

READY IN: 18hrs
Recipe by cuisinebymae

Comfort food at its finest! This has been a staple in Nova Scotia homes for generations. Serve with brown bread and butter, and a good cup of tea! Prep time includes soaking the beans overnight.

Top Review by Jackie C.

Finally, someone who makes it from scratch with dried beans. I am making them shortly and will come back. I lost my original recipe and can't wait to try i, it has most of what I used before. I shall return.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Soak beans overnight, well covered with cold water.
  2. Pour off soaking water and pick over beans to remove any bad ones, or debris.
  3. Put beans in a pot.
  4. Cover with fresh cold water and add 1 tsp. baking soda.
  5. Bring to a boil and cook until skins of beans crack when you take one out on a spoon and blow on it.
  6. Cut onion in quarters and put in bottom of a bean crock or large casserole.
  7. Add the partially cooked beans.
  8. Put cut up salt pork on top.
  9. (Some people use the salt pork fat. I don't like fat, so I prefer to use the salt pork meat.) Combine brown sugar, molasses, mustard and salt with 1 1/2 cups boiling water.
  10. Pour over the beans.
  11. Add more boiling water, if needed, to come just to the top of the beans.
  12. Also, if needed during baking tme, add more boiling water.
  13. Bake, covered, at 300 degrees F for 6 hours, or until beans are tender.

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