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Homemade Baked Beans Made In the Crock Pot

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Baked beans are a delicious and versatile addition to any meal. When cooked in a crockpot, they become even more flavorful and hearty. Crockpot-baked beans make a great side dish for any barbecue or picnic. Plus, the slow cooker does most of the work for you so you can sit back and enjoy your meal when it’s ready.

Homemade baked beans on a serving dish.

The slow cooking process brings out all the flavor of the ingredients, creating an amazing dish that will have everyone asking for seconds. Not only is it delicious, but it is also easy to make and requires very little effort.

We seem to have two seasons in the South – Summer, which takes up most of the year, and about 4 weeks of Winter. Being that we do get to enjoy being outside a lot, we also like to cook outside. Barbecues and grilling out is the love language of many Southerners.

One great side dish that goes well with so many grilled and smoked foods is baked beans. If you attend a cookout in the South, you are going to find baked beans. It’s practically a law.

Ingredients

For this recipe, you need the following ingredients:

  • 1 pound Great Northern beans dried
  • 1 onion diced
  • ½ cup molasses
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • ½ tsp ground pepper
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

How To Make Baked Beans in the Crock Pot

If you have never used dried beans in the past, there is something that you must do before soaking them. You must look through the beans and check for small rocks or debris. They are a natural product and sometimes there will be little bits and pieces that make their way into the package.

Soaking the Beans

The first thing that must be done is to soak the beans. There are two ways you can do this: 1) the overnight method where you soak them overnight covered with at least 2″ of water, or 2) a quick soak. To quickly soak dried beans, boil them in water for 2 minutes. Remove them from the heat, cover them, and let them soak for 1 hour.

After the beans have soaked overnight or quickly soaked, drain them. Now it is time to cook the beans.

Cook the Beans

Cover the beans with 6 cups of water and bring them to a boil. Reduce the heat to LOW, cover, and simmer for 2 hours. Periodically check to make sure that the beans are covered with water. Add more, if needed. When they have finished cooking, drain the beans.

Making the Baked Beans

Next, put the beans in a slow cooker crock and begin adding the other ingredients. They will help to add flavor to this side dish. First, we have chopped onion.

Adding onions to slow cooker.

Next, we have 4 ounces of chopped ham. If you don’t have ham, you can substitute bacon bits.

Adding ham to a slow cooker.

Molasses not only provides a touch of sweetness but also adds nutrients. One tablespoon of molasses supplies 13% of the RDA of manganese, 12% of magnesium, 11% of copper, 6% of each Vitamin B6, selenium, and potassium, as well as 5% of the RDA of iron. This recipe uses half a cup which is equal to 8 tablespoons.

Adding molasses to Crock Pot.

There is a small amount of brown sugar in this recipe – 1/3 cup. Beans need a little sugar, y’all.

Adding brown sugar to baked beans.

A teaspoon of dry mustard doesn’t seem like much, but it helps develop the flavor of the beans.

Adding dry mustard to Crock Pot.

Some apple cider vinegar lends to a smidge of tanginess.

Adding apple cider vinegar to bean mixture.

Stir it all together and add water. Cook at HIGH temperature for 4 hours.

Now if you like heat, feel free to add some chopped jalapeños to the mix before cooking the beans. For a touch of smokiness, add 1/2 teaspoon of liquid smoke.

Crock Pot with baked beans.
slow cooked baked beans in a bowl

Slow Cooker Baked Beans

These baked beans are a Southern comfort food in a side dish.
4.75 from 4 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 7 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 249kcal

Equipment

  • Slow Cooker

Ingredients

  • 1 pound great Northern beans dried
  • 12 cups water divided, for soaking and pre-cooking beans
  • 1 onion diced
  • 4 ounces diced ham or bacon
  • ½ cup molasses
  • cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • ½ tsp ground pepper
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 ½ cups water

Instructions

  • Soak the beans either using the overnight method or the quick soak method. Drain the beans and add 6 cups of water.
  • Bring the beans to boil, reduce the heat to low, cover and cook for 2 hours. Periodically check to make sure that the beans are covered with water. Add more, if needed. When they have finished cooking, drain the beans.
  • Place the cooked beans in the crock and add the remaining ingredients. Stir well.
  • Cook at HIGH temperature in the slow cooker for 4 hours. Stir before serving.

Notes

Adapted from Slow Cooker Baked Beans Recipe at AllRecipes.com.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 249kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 163mg | Potassium: 906mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 124mg | Iron: 3mg
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Plate of homemade baked beans.

One great thing about making these beans is that you control what ingredients go into the dish. Notice the ingredients in this recipe: Great Northern beans, onion, molasses, brown sugar, mustard, pepper, and apple cider vinegar. All common ingredients. All simple ingredients.

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