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The Best Ever Crock Pot Boston Baked Beans

If you have followed me on Twitter you know I have been away in Boston the past week. What an amazing city! Coming from Maryland, I thought we had the edge on seafood. But Bostons seafood was amazing, On a limited budget I ate very well and worked off all the good food walking and touring this most important of American cities . One thing I saw were these cute little bean crocks to make authentic Boston Baked Beans. I love a good baked bean. I have been to many a picnic where cooks try to perpetrate by doctoring up canned beans. One of my favorite cooking memories were my mother and I attempting to make out our own baked beans from scratch. I remembered it took hours to cook. Craving baked beans, but not wanting to run the oven in this summer heat , I opted for my crock pot/slow cooker.Many of my foodie friends associate slow baking beans with winter and fall. But isn't a good baked bean dish quintessential to summer time and BB Q's? While I cooked this via crock pot, I finished them of in the authentic crock for 45 min or so sprinkled with brown sugar in the oven. Let me say the house smelled fantastic turning the key and entering to find the beans cooked perfectly.Enjoy.

Crock Pot Boston Baked Beans

1 lb dry Navy Beans or Great Northern Beans

12 oz-1 lb salt pork with rind

3/4 cup molasses

3/4 cup dark brown sugar

2 tbsp Dijon Mustard

1 onion chopped

1 onion studded with cloves( about 1 tsp worth)

4 cups water

ground black pepper

Soak your beans over night covered in cold water. The next day drain water. In a small pot of boiling water, boil the cubed or cut up salt pork for a few minutes to remove excess salt. Remove salt pork from water and place on the bottom of crock pot. Place the clove studded onion in crock pot. Cover with soaked dried beans. Add mustard,ground black pepper, chopped onion,brown sugar,molasses. Pour 4 - 5 cups of cold water over the beans and spices. Beans should be covered but not excessively so. The slow cooking adds moisture.Turn on your crock pot/slow cooker to the setting of 10 hours.

After 10 hours you can finish of individual servings on mini crocks sprinkled with brown sugar in a an oven at 350 F for 45 minutes to 1 hour.

I think this perfect for this months My Legume Love Affair #14 hosted by the founder Susan of the Well Seasoned Cook.

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Jen said...

So funny - I was just looking for an ideal Boston baked beans recipe! There you are. Lovely recipe. It sounded like you had a great trip!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

That dish looks fantastic! A scrumptious recipe!



The Caked Crusader said...

Sounds like you had a good time. I love your crock pot - it's so cute!

Melody said...

These look so amazing! I'd love to visit Boston someday.

Nina Timm said...

With the rain pouring down at the moment, I can even "smell" those beans. I do have a lentil bobotie in the oven though!!!

Susan said...

What a gorgeous dish of dark, sweet, sultry flavors and colors. Thanks, Courtney, for sharing this fine recipe for MLLA14.

Mary said...

Well these look just lovely! And yes, it's not barbeque without beans!

Homemade Heaven said...

we love beans in our house, this is perfect for the cold weather we have now in Cape Town

Jen said...

I love baked beans and would have never thought of cooking them in a crock pot. Your recipe sounds delicious.

Lori Lynn said...

How did I miss this? Just saw it on Susan's round-up. Sounds like a terrific recipe.

Travels! Betty and Ralph said...

No one has said what the end results are with this recipe. Well I have and END result. After 10 hours of crock pot cooking, the beans were still hard and the liquid was very watery. Forty-five minutes in the oven is not going to solve this issue--it's been in the oven now for over an hour and it's still sloppy and the beans are not cooked through. Has anyone tried this recipe??

Travels! Betty and Ralph said...

Has anyone actually made this recipe? All I see are comments about how "good it looks", "I love baked beans" but has anyone tried it? Well, I have!! Cooked it in the crockpot for TEN hours on High and in the oven for TWO hours and the beans are still not cooked through and it's still very watery. Think you better give this another try before publishing it with "comments"!

glamah16 said...

Betty and Ralph,sorry to hear it didn't work for you. It worked for me. I can't account for you, your slow cooker, your oven or your beans. The fact they were still watery after 10 hours,tells me you either didnt follow directions, or your cooker was off, or your beans were old.
As for what i publish, It's my blog, and I can publish anything I want.

Lori E said...

Glamah if you check you can see this Betty & Ralph don't even exist really. No blog, no profile, no email address. Just delete them as they are not true commenters. I greatly dislike this sort of thing. Negative comments just for the sake of it.

Peter M said...

Dried beans must always be soaked overnight. Neglecting to do so will only end with tough beans.

The dish looks awesome and noted...remember to soak your beans overnight.

Travels! Betty and Ralph said...

From Betty and Ralph: Not everyone has, or needs a BLOG, I don't see anyone's profile listed nor do I see email addresses. The negative comments are NOT "just for the sake of it"--it's what I truly experienced. BTW, once the beans were done, they tasted great. How's that for a positive comment???