The Once and Future Beans

145 Ratings
Recipe courtesy ofAlton Brown

Total: 16 hr 30 min Prep: 30 min Cook: 8 hr

Yield: 6 servings



  • 1 pound dried Great Northern beans
  • 1 pound bacon, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 jalapenos, chopped
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • Vegetable broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt


  • Heat oven to 250 degrees F.

  • Soak beans in a plastic container overnight in just enough cold water to submerge them completely.

  • Place a cast iron Dutch oven over medium heat and stir in the bacon, onion, and jalapenos until enough fat has rendered from the bacon to soften the onions, about 5 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste, dark brown sugar, and molasses.

  • Drain the beans and reserve the soaking liquid. Add the drained beans to the Dutch oven. Place the soaking liquid in a measuring cup and add enough vegetable broth to equal 4 cups of liquid. Add the liquid to the Dutch oven and bring to a boil over high heat. Add in cayenne, black pepper and salt. Give them a stir and cover with the lid. Place the Dutch oven in the oven for 6 to 8 hours, or until the beans are tender.

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145 Ratings

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