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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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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!

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!


10 Ratings

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!!!

Feb 10, 2015

Love this recipe. Easy to make and delicious. Whole family loved them.

Jan 19, 2015

love this recipe, I looked every where for a recipe that had no ketchup, most Ketchup is made with GMO's so was very happy to find this! and I must say tastes amazing!

Jan 06, 2015

I followed this recipe to a tee. It was scrumptious and did not have any ketchup in it. Who in the world puts ketchup in Boston Baked beans, no one. Chef John, I plan on trying many of your other recipes in the near future.


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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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