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Chef John's Boston Baked Beans Recipe
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Chef John's Boston Baked Beans

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    2 hrs 30 mins

    10 hrs 45 mins


  1. Soak navy beans overnight in a large bowl with enough water by several inches. Drain and place beans into a large Dutch oven or heavy pot with 6 cups water, baking soda, and bay leaf. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium, and boil for 10 minutes. Drain, saving bean-cooking liquid.
  2. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).
  3. Transfer beans into clean Dutch oven and stir bacon, onion, molasses, brown sugar, dry mustard, salt, and black pepper into beans. Pour enough of the hot reserved bean liquid in to cover beans; stir.
  4. Cover Dutch oven and bake in preheated oven for 1 hour. Check liquid level and add more of the reserved bean liquid to bring liquid up to cover beans. Return to oven and continue baking until beans are tender and almost all the liquid has been absorbed, about 1 hour.
  5. Raise oven heat to 350; bake beans uncovered in oven until top develops a flavorful crust, 20 to 30 more minutes.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
May 24, 2014

This is so delicious I have made it several times. I cook the beans first, then add the other ingredients. I use my slow cooker instead of the oven to finish off the recipe. This is my go to recipe for Boston Baked Beans!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 18, 2015

Not Boston beans like I'm used to. The flavor was not bad, but the consistency was off. I increased the recipe by 50%, to 9 servings, but it was a TON of beans. I served it at a party with about 20 or so people but I was left with more than half of it. I usually love Chef John's recipes, but alas, we can't be on the same page all the time.


15 Ratings

May 27, 2014

I made a couple alterations. One was accidental. I accidentally cooked the beans completely before baking for one hour. I doubled the recipe. I used salt pork instead of bacon (diced and fried.) It was fabulous!

May 27, 2014

Great. I cooked the beans in the pressure cooker first for about 20 minutes. I also precooked the bacon. Easy and cheap.

Jan 27, 2015

I added chourico and spicy mustard they are wonderful as usual this is the 3 rd time I ve made these Thank You for the receipe

Aug 28, 2014

Cannot accurately rate via the stars as I didn't have a dutch oven to transfer to. I transferred to crock pot instead and beans didn't finish by the time the rest of the meal was ready. Obviously, I'll be trying this again!!!

Aug 15, 2015

Definitely not like store-bought baked beans. Too sweet fir my taste. Edible but not a keeper.

Mar 08, 2015

I've made this recipe twice now. I'm not really sure what value the pinch of baking soda is, but I add it anyway. (If you've run out of it though, I don't think you'll miss it.) I've baked them as per the directions, but have found still too much liquid at the end. So, I continue slow-cooking them for an additional 6-8 hours. Delicious.


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  • Calories
  • 411 kcal
  • 21%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 72.5 g
  • 23%
  • Cholesterol
  • 10 mg
  • 3%
  • Fat
  • 5.2 g
  • 8%
  • Fiber
  • 19.2 g
  • 77%
  • Protein
  • 20.9 g
  • 42%
  • Sodium
  • 861 mg
  • 34%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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