Total Time
6hrs 10mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 6 hrs

Basically traditional Boston baked beans, but uses bacon rather than salt pork, and orange peel and raisins add a zippy surprise. The preparation time doesn't include pre-soaking the beans overnight. I like to serve this with Boston Brown bread (see my Boston Brown Bread), as is customary.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large bowl, cover the beans with water to 2 inches above the top of the beans; soak overnight and drain.
  2. Sautè the bacon with the onion until the bacon is crisp and the onion is tender.
  3. Add the bacon and onion and any pan juices to the beans.
  4. Combine the bean mixture with 10 cups water plus the maple sugar through the orange peel.
  5. Place in a 3½ quart or larger bean pot or casserole dish, or in two smaller pots.
  6. Simmer in preheated oven at 250° 5-6 hrs or until the beans are tender.


Most Helpful

LOVED THIS RECIPE! But then, of course, I really like raisins & orange zest & since I use them quite often, I waited until the last 30 minutes of baking time & added them then [I also doubled the amount of orange zest!]. Also made sure the bacon was VERY crisp. I allowed the strips to cool down on several layers of paper towel before crunching them into SMALL pieces! Taste was outstanding! Many thanks for sharing!

Sydney Mike February 27, 2007

I used 2 cups great northern beans which was a 16 ounce package. So I cut the rest of the ingredients in half. I couldn`t get maple sugar so I used maple syrup. Yes this is saucy and very sweet. I did make this in a crock pot on low, being it was over 80 degrees today I didn`t want the oven on! Good stuff!

Rita~ September 17, 2006

Very good, I did use dryed beans for this, and reduced the raisins to 1/2 cup, I have never added in raisins to baked beans, and actually they were quite good, but they did get very mushy while cooking so I think I will add them in towards the end of the cooking time to avoid that happening again. I also added in some fresh garlic that I sauteed with the onions, and incresed the oven temperature to 350 degrees and cooked the mixture for much less time. thanks for a great recipe Edith!...Kitten:)

Kittencal@recipezazz February 02, 2006

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