Best Slow Cooker Baked Beans with Bacon

Homemade Baked Beans
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    435 min
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These slow cooker baked beans begin with dried navy beans, bacon, and salt pork. The combination of tomato juice, ketchup, and molasses flavors the beans perfectly.

What You'll Need

  • 1 pound navy beans, about 2 1/2 cups
  • 5 cups water
  • 5 or 6 pieces of bacon, diced, or about
  • 1/4 pound salt pork, sliced
  • 1 cup tomato juice
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup sorghum molasses or regular molasses
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. chili powder

How to Make It

  1. Soak beans overnight in a large bowl.
  2. Next morning, drain the beans; put them in a large stock pot or saucepan. Cover with 5 cups fresh water and bring to a simmer over medium-low heat on stovetop. Simmer until tender, about 1 hour. Drain the beans, reserving 2 cups of the liquid.
  3. Add the beans to the slow cooker.
  4. In a skillet over medium heat, fry bacon or salt pork until browned; stir into the beans in crock pot.
  5. In a bowl combine tomato juice, the chopped onion, ketchup, molasses, brown sugar, dry mustard, salt, black pepper and chili powder; add to beans and stir well.
  6. Cover and cook on LOW for 7 to 9 hours or HIGH for 4 to 5 hours, until beans are quite tender and flavorful.
  7. Check and add a little of the reserved liquid as necessary.