New England Recipes: Traditional Boston Baked Beans

If you like authentic New England recipes, you’ll like this one. This is an old traditional recipe for Boston Baked Beans. This isn’t a “shortcut recipe.” It’s made the old-fashioned way, with dried beans – not with beans from a can. Boston baked beans goes well with most any meat, and it’s even hearty enough to stand alone. Dried beans are high in protein and fiber, so this dish has some health benefits, too.

Holle’s Old Fashioned Boston Baked Beans

What you’ll need:

  • 2 cups dry navy beans
  • ½ cup molasses
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ pound salt pork, cut into small cubes
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

Directions:  Rinse beans and remove any dark ones.  Place beans in large pot and cover with 3 cups cold water and 1 teaspoon salt. Place lid on pot and soak beans overnight.

The next morning, bring pot to a rolling boil. Boil for one minute, then cover pot and reduce heat. Simmer for 1 ½ – 2 hours, until beans are tender. Drain beans and keep the cooking liquid.

In a large bowl, combine the cooked beans, molasses, brown sugar, salt pork, onion, pepper, ketchup, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce. Place mixture in a 2-quart covered casserole dish. Add 1-2 cups of the bean cooking water – enough to cover the bean mixture.

Place the lid on and bake at 300 degrees for about 4 hours, stirring occasionally. Add more liquid, if needed.

New England Recipes: Authentic Boston Baked Beans