Boston Baked Beans

Boston Baked Beans created by Rita1652

I don't know where I got this recipe that I've been using for years but it is definitely a man pleaser! I think that a ham bone gives the best flavour but will use an 8 oz piece of salt pork when necessary.

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7hrs 15mins
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  • Prepare beans: Rinse well and discard any stones or shriveled beans.
  • Soak beans in water in a 5 quart Dutch oven, using the overnight or quick soak method.
  • Overnight Method: Cover each cup of dried beans with 3 cups of water; let stand for a minimum of 12 hours.
  • Quick Soak Method: Add beans to boiling water, allowing 3 cups of water for each cup of beans, bring back to the boil and boil for 2 minutes; remove from heat, cover and leave for an hour, then cook in same water.
  • Bring mixture to a boil, add salt, reduce heat, cover and simmer for an hour.
  • Stir in molasses and next 3 ingredients.
  • Stud the onion with the cloves; tuck onion & ham bone (or salt pork) into the beans.
  • Cover and bake in a 250F oven for about 7 hours; check & stir about once an hour.
  • Add more water to keep beans moist but not too wet OR remove lid to thicken mixture through evaporation; it all depends on your preference for thick or runny!
  • Discard cloves, chop onion and return to mixture.
  • Remove meat from ham bone (or cut salt pork into pieces, discarding fat) and return to mixture.
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"I don't know where I got this recipe that I've been using for years but it is definitely a man pleaser! I think that a ham bone gives the best flavour but will use an 8 oz piece of salt pork when necessary."
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  1. sdimartino1415
    1st time making baked beans from scratch. Easy recipe but tasted about 5 hrs in and as others had mentioned was missing something. I decided it was MAPLE! 2 TBLS maple syrup and best beans ever. Thx 4 easy recipe.
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  2. Sally W.
    Instead of baking can cook the beans in a crock pot?
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  3. calculuscat3
    The beans cooked nicely (right texture), but had no flavor. I was not expecting anything spicy, but was looking for something other than bland. They just seemed to be lacking some ingredients. After adding some Worcestershire, Diana sauce, and garlic, they were still extremely mild but had a bit of flavor.
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  4. Shazzie
    Not spicy enough for my taste and tasted too strongly of molasses. I think it would have been improved by using a smoked hock / ham bone, some apple sauce to complement/ tone down the molasses taste and some spices.
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  5. Rita1652
    I did use the salt pork option as opted in the directions. I did dice the onion and added it to the beans along with 3 cloves which I crushed with a mortar and pestle. Skipped the salt. Made for Help a Naked Recipe. Thanks C Lady
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