The Best Baked Beans

Total Time:
1 hr 35 min
35 min
1 hr

6 to 8 servings

  • 1 pound dried navy beans
  • 1 salt pork
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 6 ounces sliced bacon
  • Pick through the beans and remove any pebbles. Place beans in a colander and rinse under cold water. Transfer the beans to a large pot or bowl, add water to cover by 2-inches and let soak overnight. The beans will rehydrate and swell to twice their size. Drain and rinse the beans, then put in a saucepan. Cover the beans with fresh water and place over medium heat. Add the remaining ingredients, except for the bacon. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 25 minutes or until the beans are tender but not breaking apart. Transfer the beans and broth to a 2-quart oven-safe dish. Lay bacon slices in a single layer on top of the beans. Bake in a preheated 325 degree F oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour to cook the bacon.

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OK, I agree with the reviewers who say the recipe turned out too heavy. Also, the beans just would not get done. I followed the instructions explicitly. The beans were tough and the consistency was very dense. I ended up having to move the beans into my pressure cooker, thus adding more liquid too. On the plus side, the beans did have a good flavor, maybe a little too much molasses for my taste. So with a little tweaking of the recipe, adding more liquid and moving the beans into the pressure cooker to finish cooking, they turned out OK. I most likely would not make this recipe again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The reason the beans did not get soft was probably an editing error. 2 directions are reversed. after cover beans with fresh water and place over medium heat it should say simmer stirring occasionally , for about 25 mins etc. then add the remaining ingredients.Beans will never cook tender if you add salt or acid before they are soft. I also added a carrot, celery, 1/2 onion and bay leaf while they were cooking and removed before adding other ingredients. I also cooked bacon in microwave and added it to beans chopped. eliminating the baking period. Guess they would be called BBQ beans then. With these minor changes it is a great recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I should have read the reviews before offering to make this recipe for a neighborhood get-together. My beans were still hard like rocks after following the recipe, baking them WAY LONGER than called for!! I ended up nuking them and they still were tough. I will NEVER used dried beans again for anyone's baked bean dish. I don't know if the beans were just old, whether or not one of the other ingredients toughened them up to the point where they were beyond saving. Nonetheless, I was over here and everyone else was over there eating pulled pork etc. I see Tyler's Ultimate BB recipe calls for canned cannelini beans yet this recipe was from his Food 911 show, too time consuming and poor end result for me, lesson learned. Sorry Tyler! item not reviewed by moderator and published
As other reviews said i too couldn't get them darn beans to cook, otherwise the beans had great flavor item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was my first try at baked beans. Tyler Florences recipe for the Best baked beans was the easiest and the best beans I have ever had. Hats off to trying something new that tastes great. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This baked bean recipe is just too heavy, too rich, too salty. My family didn't like it at all. item not reviewed by moderator and published
First, I will say these are the best baked beans. My family requests them all the time!! I have to make a double batch. Second, they do take longer to cook than is called for (6 hrs), but they are worth it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
In reference to the previous reviewer whose beans were under done - I know if you cook beans with tomatoes or wine they will not cook all the way. Maybe the ketchup is the culprit? item not reviewed by moderator and published
Beans didn't get soft as I would have liked and I cooked them for a long long time, I might use canned beans next time it would shorten the cooking time. But very good tasting item not reviewed by moderator and published
well, i too had some trouble getting the beans to cook all the way through, and the suggestion to use canned navys sounds like a good one to me! but in spite of the slightly firm beans, the flavor was amazing (and i skipped the salt pork). a pinch of cayenne added to the broth made em even better. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I tried this recipe so many times that it became a joke in my family. But no matter how many times I tried, I could not get those stupid beans to cook! They were under done every stinking time! I know the problem was probably me but I don?t like banging my head against walls. Now I make this recipe with canned navy beans and love it. It is so simple and has the best flavor. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I liked this recipe a lot, the sauce was just perfect, the beans cooked thoroughly, it was very nice. Though the amount of beans wasn't enough when done cooking, so there wasn't enough for everyone. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Beans needed to bake for about 4 to 6 hours, the longer the better. In place of salt pork I used frozen ham bone from Easter Ham. No bacon was needed. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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