Baked Beans

Can you envision a potluck or a ham supper without baked beans? This recipe is a classic. No wonder these beans are a favorite at Boscawen Historical Society potluck dinners.


1 pound dry beans (navy beans, soldier beans, Great Northern beans, etc.)
1/3 pound salt pork
3 tablespoons molasses
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard


Wash the beans in a colander or strainer; pick over the beans to remove any pebbles or debris. Put in a large saucepan and add water to cover the beans by an inch. Soak overnight.

In the morning, bring the beans to a boil. Boil until the skins break when you blow across a few beans on a spoon. Place a layer of beans in the bottom of a crockery bean pot. Score the salt pork, cutting through the pork but leaving the rind intact. Place about ½ of the salt pork in the pot. Add most of the remaining beans and water. Place the remaining salt pork in the pot. Cover with the remaining beans. Add the molasses, brown sugar, salt, and mustard. Cover with additional water. Place the lid on the pot.

Bake in a 300 degrees F oven for at least 6 hours, adding water as needed. You may want to use a drip pan under the pot in the oven.

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8 to 10 servings


Henrietta I. Kenney Boscawen Historical Society, Boscawen, N

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Just like mom used to make. – Reviewed by Giles Lepage

I have made many recipes for baked beans for 30 years...this is by far the best! The great thing is nothing is called for in the recipe that most of us don't have in our kitchens on a regular basis!!! – Reviewed by dallana hamrick

The essence of New England simple pleasures...Try adding three strips of smoked bacon chopped into small bits for added flavor! – Reviewed by Rick Richardson

These baked beans are so good! Very filling. Just add cornbread and a green vegetable and you have a great meal. – Reviewed by Beth Thomas

My reply is a question: Can

My reply is a question: Can this recipe be done in a pressure cooker - one that allows for rice and bean dishes?

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If the ingredients call for

If the ingredients call for only 1/3 lb. of salt pork, how can you add 1/2 lb. and then another 1/4 lb. during the cooking process? Is this the recipe for "Stone Soup"?

Please pardon our typo. You

Please pardon our typo. You will need 1/3 pound of salt pork for this recipe. The instructions have been updated.

How long and at what setting

How long and at what setting for crock pot slow cooker?