Boston Baked Beans

This is the long-baking version of baked beans, but it doesn’t take a lot of prep time. There is a smoky, candied quality to this dish, which makes it a good barbecue side dish.

Serves: 6Hands-on: 10 minutesTotal: 5 hours 10 minutesDifficulty: Medium

Serves: 6


  • 2 cups dried white beans, soaked overnight, then drained
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 4 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1 tsp. dry mustard
  • 3⁄4 cup unsulfured molasses
  • 1⁄4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp. ketchup
  • 1⁄2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 1⁄2 cups water


  • Preheat oven to 250°F.
  • Simmer beans uncovered in enough water to cover them for about 1 hour, until tender. Drain beans.
  • Combine all ingredients with beans and bake in a covered 4-quart baking dish for 4 hours.
  • Add water if the top of the beans becomes exposed during baking so that they won’t become hard.