How to Make Homemade Baked Beans

Baked Beans

If you have never tasted baked beans from scratch, you don’t know what you are missing.  The flavors are really enhanced.  Once you have made them, you will never eat canned again!




  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees
  2. Place beans in an oven safe pot and cover with water
  3. Soak beans over night
  4. Rinse beans and put them in fresh water and put on stove
  5. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to simmer
  6. In a large skillet, place bacon and onion and saute till bacon is cooked but not crisp
  7. Add tomato puree, bay leaf, cayenne pepper, mustard, garlic and bay leaf and stir until boiling
  8. Reduce heat and add dark brown sugar and molasses, stirring thoroughly
  9. Remove beans from heat and drain, reserving water
  10. Put drained beans back in pot and pour in liquid from the skillet
  11. Stir beans to combine and add 1 cup of bean water, salt and pepper
  12. Mix well and cover, put in the oven
  13. Bake for 3 hours, stirring about once an hour
  14. After three hours check the beans and if they are soft, they are done
  15. If not, cook another hour, adding more bean water if the sauce is getting too thick
  16. When done, remove from the oven, take off the lid and let stand for 10 minutes.  Remove bay leaf before serving.


The depth of flavor in these beans will spoil you and they never fail to impress when served at parties or barbecues!  If you prefer, you can substitute ham for bacon, just add it in with the tomato puree and saute the onions by themselves.  You can also speed up the process by substituting canned, precooked beans for dried ones, however, in my opinion it’s not as good as cooking the beans from scratch because the flavors do not have the hours of cooking to combine and become so yummy!



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  1. Sandy KS September 29, 2015 3:22 pm Reply

    I have never tried to make my own baked beans before. My stepmother has a recipe that all of siblings are trying to get our hands on for years.

  2. Mrs. Easton September 29, 2015 3:46 pm Reply

    I am not a fan of baked beans however my husband is, so I might have to try making it lol 🙂

  3. TAlberts September 29, 2015 6:15 pm Reply

    I love eating baked beans but I have not tried making them myself. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  4. Barbara Radisavljevic September 29, 2015 11:51 pm Reply

    This looks delicious. Do you think it would work in a crockpot?

    • Tracey Jade Boyer October 5, 2015 1:13 pm Reply

      I don’t see why it wouldn’t, but I am not sure on the times, you would have to keep checking. If you find out, please come back and let me know!

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