Total Time
4hrs 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 4 hrs

I got this recipe from one of my Better Homes & Garden cook books. My family loved it the first time I made it. I just estimated the prep time. Try it.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Rinse beans.
  2. In a 4 1/2 quart Dutch oven combine beans and 8 cups cold water.
  3. Bring to boiling, reduce heat, simmer for 2 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat, cover and let stand for 1 hour.
  5. (Or, skip bioling the water and soak beans overnight in a covered pan.) Drain and rinse beans.
  6. In the same pan combine beans and 8 cups fresh water.
  7. Bring to a boil, reduce heat.
  8. Cover and simmer about 1 1/4 hours or till tender, stirring occasionally.
  9. Drain beans, reserving liquid.
  10. In a 2 1/2 quart casserole or bean pot combine the beans, bacon and onion.
  11. Stir in 1 cup of the reserved bean liquid, the molasses or maple syrup, brown sugar, dry mustard, salt, and pepper.
  12. Bake, covered, in a 300 degree oven about 2 1/2 hours or to desired consistency, stirring occasionally.
  13. If necessary, add additional reserved bean liquid.


Most Helpful

I must admit, I skipped the whole dry bean soaking,cooking, and used canned beans(kidney). I halved the recipe and loved the way it turned out, thanks!

Sharon123 October 19, 2003

I made these tonight to go with hot dogs and they were a big hit with my family. I used bacon and molasses and they turned out great. We have the leftovers to look forward to as well! Thanks!

Lainey6605 February 28, 2007

We all enjoyed these beans and 'licked the platter clean'. When I tasted part way through cooking I felt the molasses overwhelmed the other flavours so I added in 1/2 cup ketchup to mellow it out a bit. I would certainly add the ketchup next time. We got rave reviews. I served Reciope #116185 with it. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

GaylaV May 25, 2008

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