Gramma Beaton's Brown Sugar Beans Recipe -
Gramma Beaton's Brown Sugar Beans Recipe
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Gramma Beaton's Brown Sugar Beans

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"This recipe was given to me by my Aunt Joan, who got it from her neighbor. It is deceptively simple, but so good. I just took it to a potluck and got rave reviews: 'These beans are awesome!'"

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Original recipe makes 12 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    6 hrs

    14 hrs 10 mins


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Place beans in a Dutch oven or large casserole dish. Mix in bacon, brown sugar, and onion; season with salt and pepper. Add just enough water to barely cover the beans.
  2. Cover, and bake for 6 to 8 hours in the preheated oven. Add more water if necessary.
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  • Slow cooker instructions
  • Place beans, bacon, onion, salt and pepper into a slow cooker. Cover and cook on HIGH for 6 to 8 hours, or until beans are tender.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 17, 2008

I used Great Northern Beans and baked for 6 hours. I forgot to soak the beans overnight - but boiled them for 10 minutes or so and let them sit for an hour. This was worth having the oven on all that time. Everyone loved these! *** UPDATE*** Tried again with Kidney beans, but put in a crockpot cause it was too hot for the oven to be on all day. They were good in a crockpot - but sooo much better with Northern in the oven. . . COOK the bacon before you add it to the beans and bake.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Apr 16, 2010

I made these overnight last night. I used Northern beans, which I prefer for baked beans. I used a whole pound of bacon and the flavor of the bacon is really nice. I found the overall taste REALLY bland. So this morning I added: ~ 2 tbsp Worcestershire, 1/4 cup ketchup, 1 tsp onion flakes, 1 tsp dry mustard and about 1/4 cup of real maple syrup. There's already an improvement. I will serve them tonight to my BF, who tasted them this morning and also thought they were bland. We are really partial to Clark's canned baked beans and I have been trying to replicate their recipe for quite some time.


13 Ratings

Nov 08, 2008

I was relieved to find a recipe without any canned beans! I used white beans, and a combination of molasses and maple syrup rather than sugar. We took it to a BBQ, and it went so fast, I had to scrape the pan to get a taste!

Apr 27, 2008

These are the best baked beans I ever had!It makes you never want to eat canned baked beans ever again.Everyone who ate them said they were better than canned.They take a long time to cook but are well worth it!

Mar 15, 2010

Great tasting Easy I used 1/2 cup of maple syrup and 1/2 cup brown sugar and cooked 8 hrs slow cooker on low and they disappeared in no time

Aug 19, 2003

This recipe is a very good starting place. If you like sweet beans with no hotness or spice, this is for you. I will make this again, but will add some zip to it. Jalapeno, hot sauce or something like that. Very flavorful. Kids love the sweet taste, but need to get paste the texture of kidney beans!

Aug 29, 2002

We loved these beans, they were so easy to prepare! I have a recipe for beans that is similar in flavor but much more labor intensive! These beans rock!!!

Mar 28, 2014

First off. I'd like to thank whoever posted this for putting a recipe out there that didn't include 'Can(s) of Baked Beans' in the recipe. I doubled this recipe and threw it into a big ole slow cooker. I gave 8 hours on high and then another 8 on low. The beans kept their shape but melted on the tongue. The taste was spot on. Thanks again for a great recipe.


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  • Calories
  • 326 kcal
  • 16%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 53.3 g
  • 17%
  • Cholesterol
  • 13 mg
  • 4%
  • Fat
  • 6 g
  • 9%
  • Fiber
  • 8.7 g
  • 35%
  • Protein
  • 16.5 g
  • 33%
  • Sodium
  • 305 mg
  • 12%

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

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