Holidays On A Budget: Baked Beans From Scratch!

Posted by on July 3, 2012




I posted this recipe last September, and when my brother asked me to bring Baked Beans to the family BBQ tomorrow night I knew what recipe I was making!!!

It’s pretty inexpensive to make because you don’t have to buy cans of premade baked beans (buy your dry beans in bulk). It won’t take up a lot of your time to prepare because we are using the slow cooker!!! Yields 6



1 cup dry navy beans

4 cups water

1/4 pound chopped bacon*

1 (8oz) small can pineapple tidbits, do NOT drain

1/4 cup ketchup

1 Tbsp yellow mustard

3 Tbsp BBQ sauce

2 Tbsp maple syrup

2 Tbsp brown sugar

2 Tbsp molasses (optional, some people aren’t fans & that’s ok)

2 tsp Worcestershire sauce

1/2 tsp salt

1/8 tsp black pepper

1/8 tsp chili powder

1 small onion, chopped




Bring the beans and water to a boil on the stove over high heat. Once boiling, turn off the heat, cover, and let stand 1 hour. Drain and rinse before using, then place beans in slow cooker with 3 cups water. Cook the bacon and onion in a saucepan until bacon is cooked through and onions are caramelized, put in slow cooker. Add all other ingredients and stir together. Cook on low heat for 4-6 hours (all slow cookers cook differently), and on high for 1 hour. Enjoy!

If you don’t want to use a slow cooker, then cook the beans on the stove, drain, add all other ingredients and put in a 1 1/2 quart baking dish, covered, and cook 45 minutes at 350 degrees.

If you double the recipe, then maybe use another type of dry bean to add variety.


*To keep the cost even lower, don’t add the bacon. Make it vegan!

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