Need a perfect side dish to take with you to a potluck? How about an easy side dish that you can put together quickly and then leave to cook on its own? Something cheap and that everyone will love? Of course, we all want those kind of dishes and this baked beans recipe fits the bill! And it can be cooked in the slow cooker so that’s even better! Keep reading for the baked beans recipe-
My mom has been making these beans for years and brings them to each family gathering. In fact, our family doesn’t ask her what she’d like to bring to a potluck, they just tell her, “You’re bringing your baked beans”. They are just so good and perfect for a potluck.
When I had a potluck invitation last month, I requested the bean recipe from Mom. And when I got to the part in the recipe that said “Bake for 7 hours” I stopped in my tracks. Temperatures were in the high 90s and there was no way I was cooking a casserole of beans for 7 hours when I don’t have air conditioning! So I adjusted the recipe and made it in my slow cooker and they came out just as delicious.
Don’t be nervous about using dry beans, they are totally easy to work with. And so inexpensive (a one pound bag for this recipe costs just around $1.20). Feel free to adjust the amount of brown sugar and molasses to taste. If you prefer them less sweet, just add less sugar. I find that the liquid thickens up nicely overnight in the fridge and you can skim off any fat from the bacon that has floated to the top. The beans heat up well in a pan on the stove top for leftovers…if there are any! I hope you enjoy my mom’s recipe.
- 1 lb dry navy beans or small white beans
- 1 package (12 oz) bacon
- Yellow onion, chopped
- 2/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp dry mustard
- 1/4 cup molasses
- 1 tsp salt
- Add dry beans to a large pot of water and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and cover. Leave to soak in hot water for one hour.
- Cut bacon into 1" pieces and fry in a skillet until starting to crisp. Add chopped onion in with the bacon and grease and saute until onion is softened.
- Remove two cups of water from the soaking beans and pour into a bowl. Add brown sugar, dry mustard and molasses, stirring to combine.
- Drain beans of the remainder of water and add to the slow cooker. Add bacon and onions, stir to combine. Pour liquid into the cooker and stir all. Cover and cook on high for 5 hours or on low for 7 hours.
- Add salt to taste.