Homemade baked beans is a meal in itself. Tender beans in a rich, sweet sauce topped with bacon ~ what could be better! This old-fashioned recipe will soon become your favorite.
Baked beans are a staple side dish for a barbecue. This is what I made for our bible study end-of-year cookout.
The pre-cooked beans are baked in a casserole dish and topped with slices of raw bacon, which is baked until the bacon is cooked. I love Lima beans but have made the same recipe using the traditional Navy beans. So, if you know someone who sticks their nose up at the thought of Lima beans, go ahead and make a substitution.
Give these beans a try for Memorial Day or your next barbecue.
Homemade Baked Beans Recipe
Preparation Time takes about 4 hours not including soaking time.
1 pound dried Lima or Navy beans
1/8 tsp. baking soda
2 bay leaves
¼ tsp. minced garlic (refrigerated kind works fine) (optional)
1/4 cup Maple syrup
1/2 cup molasses
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 cup Ketchup
2 T. prepared yellow mustard or honey mustard
1 tsp. salt
¼ tsp pepper
4 slices of lean bacon – cut into 1″ pieces
Rinse and sort beans. In a large pot add 6-8 cups cold water. Let stand overnight or at least 6-8 hours. Drain soak water and rinse beans.
Rinse and sort beans. In a large pot add 8 cups hot water and 1/8 tsp. baking soda. Bring to rapid boil, boil 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Cover and let stand 1 hour. Drain soak water and rinse beans.
Directions for Cooking the beans after soaking:
Add 6 cups hot water, bay leaves, and garlic to drained and rinsed beans. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer gently with lid tilted until desired tenderness is reached, about 1 ½ to 2 hours. Drain the beans and discard the bay leaves.
In a 2-quart baking dish or covered casserole, combine the syrup, molasses, brown sugar, ketchup, mustard, salt and pepper. Add the drained beans and stir together. Lay the bacon pieces over top of beans. Cover and bake at 350º for 45 minutes. Uncover and bake 40 more minutes. Stir bacon into beans before serving.
The hot water, bay leaves, and garlic with the drained and rinsed beans.