Overhead shot of boston baked beans in a blue and white casserole dish.
The Very Best Boston Baked Beans Recipe
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
3 hrs
Total Time
3 hrs 45 mins

The perfect potluck dish, Boston Baked Beans are hearty, sticky sweet and addicting. So simple to make.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked beans
Servings: 8
Calories: 555 kcal
Author: Kellie
  • 1 pound dried navy beans
  • 1/2 pound salt pork diced
  • 1 large onion cut into 1/2 inch slices
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 tbsp ground mustard
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
  1. Place the beans in a bowl and cover with water to about 2 inches above the beans. Soak overnight.

  2. Drain and rinse the beans. Discard the soaking liquid.

  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  4. In a small bowl, stir together the sugar, molasses, mustard, salt, cloves and pepper. Set aside.

  5. In the bottom of an ovenproof casserole dish or bean pot, layer 1/3 of the onions and 1/3 of the salt pork.

  6. Top the onions with 1/2 the beans and arrange in an even layer.

  7. Pour half the sauce over the beans. Layer another 1/3 of the onions and 1/3 of the salt pork on top of the sauce.

  8. Top with the remaining beans and pour the rest of the sauce on top of the beans.

  9. Arrange the remaining onions and salt pork on top of the beans. Cover and transfer to the oven for 2 hours.

  10. Uncover the beans and continue cooking for an additional hour.

  11. Allow the beans to stand at room temperature for 15 minutes before serving. Sauce with thicken slightly upon standing.

Recipe Notes

To thicken sauce, remove 1 cup of the sauce from the beans. In a small bowl, whisk together 2 tablespoons cornstarch with 2 tablespoons cold water until smooth. Stir the cornstarch mixture into the sauce and then pour the thickened sauce back into the beans.

Stir the beans to combine and allow the beans to sit for 10 minutes until the sauce begins to thicken.

Nutrition Facts
The Very Best Boston Baked Beans Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 555 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 24mg8%
Sodium 1069mg46%
Potassium 1060mg30%
Carbohydrates 73g24%
Fiber 14g58%
Sugar 39g43%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 152mg15%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.