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Boston Baked Beans: the classic recipe everyone should try

Total time: 3H30
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 4 people
By Cookist
White beans
2 cups
1/4 cup
Brown sugar
1/4 cup
Mustard sauce
3 tbsp
2 cloves
Concentrated meat broth
1 tbsp
Small onion
1/2 pound

Boston Baked Beans is a recipe of small white beans original of the city of Boston. It is one of the oldest American dish that dates back to Colonial period, then Boston was a trade center for rum imported from Caribbean.

Beans are cooked in the oven with bacon and seasoned with a sauce that gets its sweet flavor from molasses, ketchup and brown sugar.

Although its cooking time is quite slow, this recipe is very simple, which means that the only additional thing that is needed is patience to achieve some tender and delicious Boston-style beans.

Serve this bean recipe with slices of bread or crackers, so you have to pick up and enjoy the last drop of the succulent sauce. You do not have to be in Boston to taste the most popular dish in the city, follow this simple recipe and enjoy its unique flavor.


You can make Boston baked beans in the slow cooker. In 4 ½ to 5 ½ -quart pot slow cooker, mix 3 1/2 cups of water with beans and other ingredients: onion chopped, brown sugar, molasses, mustard, concentrated meat broth, except salt until mixed. Cover slow cooker with lid and cook beans in the low setting as manufacturer directs, about 14 hours or until the beans are tender and sauce is syrupy.

To make vegetarian Boston baked beans, leave out bacon and use vegetable broth.

How to store Boston Baked Beans

You can store Boston baked beans in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 1 week. Reheat it in the microwave or on the stovetop by adding 1/2 cup of water in the saucepan to make it saucy again.

How to make Boston Baked Beans

Rinse the beans with cold running water and discard any crushed stone or beans. In a large bowl, place the beans and enough water to cover by 2 inches. Cover and let stand at room temperature overnight.

Preheat oven to 325°F. Drain and rinse the beans. Arrange the beans in the bottom of a pot, then layer on top the bacon, onion, brown sugar, garlic, molasses, mustard.

Add the meat broth. Cover with a lid or aluminum foil. Bake for 3 to 4 hours or until beans are tender. Serve and enjoy!

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