Molasses Baked Beans

Navy beans are cooked with bacon and molasses to create this classic side-dish recipe.

Molasses Baked Beans
Servings: 10 Prep 10 mins Cook 15 mins Slow Cook 5 hrs (low) or 6.5 hours (high)


  • 1 pound navy beans, picked over, rinsed and soaked overnight
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 slices bacon, finely chopped
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup dark-brown sugar, packed
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Make It

1. Drain beans; place in a large saucepan. Cover with water by 2 inches; stir in baking soda. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; boil for 15 minutes, skimming off any foam that accumulates.

2. Meanwhile, heat a 10-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add bacon to skillet; cook 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add onion to pan; cook 5 more minutes, stirring almost constantly.

3. Drain beans and transfer to slow cooker insert. Top with bacon mixture. Stir in molasses, sugar, boiling water and 1 teaspoon of the dry mustard. Cover; cook on HIGH for 5 hours or LOW for 6-1/2 hours.

4. Remove cover; stir in remaining 1 teaspoon dry mustard, the cider vinegar and salt and pepper; serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe: 10; Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 261, Fat, total (g): 6, chol. (mg): 8, sat. fat (g): 2, carb. (g): 42, fiber (g): 7, pro. (g): 11, sodium (mg): 283, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.