It’s summer!  In the States that means potluck and grilling season!  No bbq would be the same without baked beans!  Delicious beans slow cooked with bacon all day long until they are thick and sweet.  I used to think baked beans came from a can until I realized how amazing the homemade version can taste.  When I’m making anything for a potluck or bbq, simple is always the name of the game.  Although this recipe takes all day to bake or slow cook, it only takes a few minutes to throw all the ingredients into a cast iron dutch oven or slow cooker.  The results will amaze you and the aroma that fills your home while you are cooking is out of this world!  Really… holding on for dinner while these babies are baking is quite difficult!

Baked Beans from Scratch
  • 1 bag great northern beans.
  • 8 pieces thick farm fresh bacon (save the rendered fat)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 6-8 cloves of garlic, smashed
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 6oz can tomato paste
  • 2 tbls ground mustard
  • 1/4 cup dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup rapadura sugar (or dark brown sugar)
  • 1/4 – cup molasses
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • water to cover


  1. Soak bean the night before
  2. The next day, fry the bacon until barely browned on both sides and the fat has begun to render.
  3. Cut the bacon into 2″ pieces.
  4. In a large cast iron dutch oven or pot add all the ingredients including the port fat from the bacon.  Add water to about 1″ above the beans.
  5. Place a lid on your dutch oven or pot and bake at 325f for 8 hours.  Make sure to check the beans every couple of hours and stir.
  6. For the last hour, uncover the lid.  This will allow the beans to thicken up!

If you are heading off to work, this can be done in a crock pot set on low for 8 hours.  However, reduce the amount of water to just cover the beans.

That’s it!  Buen Provecho!!

This post is a part of Real Food Wednesday’s hosted by Kelly the Kitchen Kop.

Diana is a mother of three, proud wife, and humbled daughter of God. She finds the most joy meeting with Jesus in her organic gardens. She is completely blessed to be able to call herself a stay at home mom where she home educates her children, joyfully serves her husband, and cooks nourishing, real food, for her family. She loves connecting with people on facebook, google+, pinterest, and instagram.

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