Homemade Baked Beans, Slow Cooker

Baked Beans
Homemade Baked Navy Beans. Bob Ingelhart/E+/Getty Images
  • 8 hrs 15 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 8 hrs
  • Yield: 6 to 8 Servings
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These slow cooker navy beans are flavored with a combination of ketchup, brown sugar, and molasses along with chopped onion and seasonings. It's a very easy recipe to make in the slow cooker, and they go well with pulled pork barbecue, hot dogs, or chops.

The beans are soaked overnight. You could also use the quick-soak method described on the package of beans. If you have difficulty with beans in your slow cooker, it could be the acidic ingredients or salt, or it could be the hardness of the water or age of the beans. To avoid tough beans, simmer them on the stovetop in water until they're just tender and then drain them and add them to the slow cooker with the remaining ingredients. Cover and cook on low for an hour or two.

If you want to avoid dried beans, try this easy recipe using canned baked beans and bacon.

What You'll Need

  • 3 cups of dried white navy beans, soaked overnight
  • 6 strips of uncooked salt pork or bacon, diced, about 4 to 6 ounces
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt

How to Make It

  1. Drain the soaked beans and put them in the slow cooker with the salt pork or bacon, the onion, and 8 cups of water.
  2. Cover and cook on low for about 5 to 6 hours, or until tender.
  3. In a bowl, combine the ketchup, brown sugar, molasses, mustard, and salt. Pour over the beans and stir to blend.
  4. Continue cooking on low for 1 to 2 hours.
  5. Serve the beans with coleslaw and cornbread, if desired.