Old Fashioned Brown Sugar and Molasses Oven-Baked Beans

READY IN: 8hrs 30mins




  • Remove stones from beans, rinsing well in a colander.
  • Place beans in a large pan, adding a teaspoon of salt along with enough water to cover contents by 3 inches.
  • Over high heat, bring beans to a rolling boil for 2 minutes.
  • Remove pan from heat, cover pan and let stand for 1 hour.
  • Uncover pan, breing contents back to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and simmer until beans are tender (1 to 1 1/2 hours).
  • As necessary, add more water to keep beans well covered.
  • Drain beans well, reserving liquid.
  • In a 2 1/2 quart bean pot (or casserole) combine molasses, brown sugar, mustard, ketchup and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
  • Add drained beans. Then stir in enough reserved cooking liquid to cover beans.
  • Mil well.
  • One one side of pot, push whole onion down into beans.
  • Cut several gashes in the salt pork and push it down into beans on other side of the pot.
  • Cover pot, place in oven and set heat to 350 degrees.
  • Bake until beans are bubbling (about 1 hour).
  • Reduce heat to 250 degrees and continue to bake for 6 to 8 hours more, stirring every hour or so.
  • As beans cook, they will absorb liquid.
  • Continue cooking, adding reserved liquid (or water) a little at a time to keep beans moist, but not soupy.
  • Baked beans are done when thick and fragrant, with a deep, brownish red color.
  • When serving, remove and discard onion, while keeping in sliced salt pork if desired.