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Baked Beans from Scratch
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4.7 from 10 votes

Baked Beans from Scratch

Old fashioned, baked beans from scratch spiked with molasses and brown sugar. A sure-fire crowd pleaser.
Prep Time2 hrs 15 mins
Cook Time5 hrs
Total Time7 hrs 15 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10
Calories: 363kcal


  • 1 pound package dry great northern, navy, or pink beans
  • Lots of water
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt plus additional if desired
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper plus additional if desired
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 meaty ham bone omit if using bacon
  • 4 slices thick-sliced bacon cooked and crumbled (omit for ham bone)


Overnight Soak Method:

  • Rinse and pick through beans removing any small pebbles or debris. Transfer beans to a large pot and pour in enough water to cover by about 2". Cover the pot and let the beans soak overnight.
  • The next day, drain the beans and cover with the same amount of fresh water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover the pot, and let simmer for 1 hour. Drain beans, reserving liquid.

Quick Soak Method:

  • Rinse beans; place in a large pot and add enough water to cover by about 2". Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand for 1 hour. Drain and rinse. Return beans to pot and add same amount of fresh water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer for 1 hour or until beans are tender. Drain, reserving cooking liquid.

To Cook The Soaked Beans:

  • In a large oven safe pot, Dutch oven or baking dish, combine soaked beans, 1 cup cooking liquid, onion, ketchup, brown sugar, molasses, salt, mustard, pepper, bay leaf, and bacon (only add bacon if not using ham bone). Mix well. If using ham bone, tuck it into the beans. Cover and bake at 300 degrees for 4-1/2 to 5 hours or until beans are very tender and sauce has thickened to desired consistency. Stir occasionally and add more of the reserved cooking liquid if needed during cooking time.
  • At end of cooking time remove and discard bay leaf. Remove ham bone (if using) to a cutting board and pull off any good meat with a fork and return it to the beans. Discard bone and fatty meat. Taste beans and season with additional salt and pepper, if needed.


Calories: 363kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 722mg | Potassium: 885mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 128IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 108mg | Iron: 4mg