Classic Brown Beans

Classic Brown Beans
Classic Brown Beans

Our family loves classic baked beans. But, it wasn’t until a few years ago that I tried my hand at making it from scratch.

The first time I made it, I could not believe it was that simple. The flavours are bold and vibrant. The texture was not gritty and mushy like the canned versions, and portion control was much easier using homemade.

Yes, it takes more planning and a bit more time, but it is well worth the effort. If you use a slow cooker, most of the time is passive without the need to watch the pot. It can’t get better than that.

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Classic Brown Beans Recipe

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Servings Prep Time Cook Time
6-8 20 minutes 7 Hours

Recipe Notes

  • 825 grams of Cooked Beans is approximately 4-5 Cups, or 3 – 4 cans drained and rinsed beans.
  • This recipe freezes extremely well. Be sure to label your containers with the name and date.
  • Feel free to substitute cubed cooked ham for the bacon, or diced tomatoes instead of tomato sauce.

INGREDIENTS

  • 63 grams (3 Tablespoons) Molasses
  • 125 millilitres (1/2 Cups) Tomato Sauce
  • 50 grams (1/4 Cup) Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Dry Mustard
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • Pinch Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/4 Teaspoon (Optional) Liquid Smoke
  • 825 grams (4-5 Cups) Cooked or Canned Navy Beans
  • 80 grams (1/2 Cup) Cooked, Chopped Bacon
  • 750 millilitres (3 Cups) Water

DIRECTIONS

Gather all of your ingredients. If you are using canned beans, be sure to drain and rinse them well.
Gather all of your ingredients. If you are using canned beans, be sure to drain and rinse them well.

 

In a small sauce pan combine the molasses, tomato sauce, brown sugar and dry mustard.
In a small sauce pan combine the molasses, tomato sauce, brown sugar and dry mustard.

 

Add salt and pepper and stir well. Heat this mixture on the stove to dissolve the sugar.
Add salt and pepper and stir well. Heat this mixture on the stove to dissolve the sugar.

 

Add the liquid smoke.
Add the liquid smoke.

 

Place beans, bacon and heated mixture into slow cooker and stir well.
Place beans, bacon and heated mixture into slow cooker and stir well.

 

Add enough water to cover the beans by 1/2 inch.
Add enough water to cover the beans by 1/2 inch.

 

Classic Brown Beans
Slow cook on High for 4 hours and then on low for 3 hours.

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